ICL Distance Learning Center (A Division of In-Com Link Management Associates Ltd) and York University, Alabama, USA, jointly declared to develop and design high quality online/distance learning academic programs particularly for students in China regions, although international students are also welcome to take such programs. The main characteristics of some of these programs are including learning areas requiring vocational education knowledge and skills in China or Hong Kong to complete the coursework.
ICL Distance Learning Center (A Division of In-Com Link Management Associates Ltd), an organizational member of The Sloan-C Consortium, is a well established organization in Hong Kong focusing on providing online educational services and teaching materials, and cooperating with overseas universities to offer distance learning/online learning programs.
Modeled from the External Degree Programs of University of London, UK, that evaluate students' performance through examination systems, distance Learning courses designed by ICL Distance Learning Center with copyright, that assess students' performance by online competency-based coursework and task-related assignments, are accredited by some international universities due to its high quality. This competency-based approach lets students take advantage of their knowledge and skills, regardless of how they learned them. The knowledge students possess may help them accelerate the time it takes to complete their degree program.
York University, a private university established in 2003 at Mobile, State of Alabama, USA, is approved by the Postsecondary Education Department of State of Alabama to grant degree programs. The Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education has direct responsibility to the State Board of Education for the direction and supervision of educational programs and services provided by The Alabama College System. The Department provides leadership, service, and regulatory functions for the member institutions of The Alabama College System to ensure educational accessibility, excellence, and equity for all citizens of Alabama.
State governments of USA have full authority to control academic institutions and to authorize schools to issue academic degrees and certificates. This control is implemented through the state licensing process. The United States federal government does not authorize nor control degree-granting schools in any way. Degrees from the State of Alabama may be recognized at the discretion of employers, governments or other academic institutions, as they deem appropriate. Nevertheless, the York University degree is valid and official. The State of Alabama evaluators conduct periodic inspections of the university to ensure York adheres to all applicable state laws.
Following state approval, York University shall seek accreditation in 2006 from the DETC since the university is an online degree granting institution. The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a private nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States.