More Backlash from Diploma Mills

Jason Morris

Once again highlighting the use of background checks are two new stories about diploma mills.  The Flint Journal posted an editorial called: Flint Journal Editorial: diploma mills devalue meaning of education.  In it,  the author relates this type of fraud to larceny.  The Flint Journal also found:

• So-called diploma mills often claim to award degrees based on “life experience.”

• The Flint Journal found that the online-only Ashwood University approved a doctorate in medicine and surgery for an applicant with no proof of medical experience or education.

• Belford University, which purportedly operates out of Humble, Texas, approved a doctorate in early childhood education for a resume that listed “convicted of child porn charges” under experience.

• Prices ranged from $200-$700 depending on the level of degree, GPA and award purchases.

Over the past few weeks we reported several stories about the NJ Department of Education accepting degrees from schools that were questionable.  In an honorable move the Freehold Regional High School District Superintendent H. James Wasser and the Assistant Superintendent Donna Evangelista said they would stop using their Doctoral titles and relinquish their $2,500.00 annual pay raises.

Read: MONMOUTH COUNTY: School officials return pay raises tied to questionable diploma

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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  • I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT OF YOURS:

    Over the past few weeks we reported several stories about the NJ Department of Education accepting degrees from schools that were questionable. In an honorable move the Freehold Regional High School District Superintendent H. James Wasser and the Assistant Superintendent Donna Evangelista said they would stop using their Doctoral titles and relinquish their $2,500.00 annual pay raises.

    THESE PEOPLE ARE ANYTHING BUT HONORABLE!! THEY HAVE BROUGHT GREAT SHAME TO MY SCHOOL DISTRICT. MR. WASSER IS AN ARROGANT, PETTY EXCUSE FOR A MAN!

  • Jim Sage

    Honorable move??? give me a break!! the sheer volume of publicity are killing them. This was a weak gesture to get the press off their back.

    Problem is: it didn’t work. The taxpayers hate them for their scheming and scamming ways. We want them prosecuted for “theft by deception” and FIRED!!