The ad for "Full Sail University" that's currently running in the right-hand column got me thinking: do the people running these places ever think about what the university name will look like on a c.v. or transcript, as opposed to on marketing materials aimed at students (and perhaps their ever-indulgent parents)? A quick search on "online universities" suggests that most of them are still trying to sound like their bricks-and-mortar counterparts (sometimes to the extent of creating deliberate-seeming confusion). But "Full Sail University"? "Independence University"? "Ivy Bridge College" (a subsidiary of the wonderfully-named Tiffin University, which gets its moniker, reasonably enough, from its Ohio home town, not the Anglo-Indian(?) word for "snack")? Who's the audience here?
A little more searching reveals that Full Sail has been around since the late '70s (another rather flaky period), and is a for-profit that focuses on training people for the entertainment industry (also that "Full Sail University Scam" is a frequently-searched phrase on Google -- not true of Harvard, or even, for that matter, the University of Phoenix or Kaplan).