More Backlash from Diploma Mills
September 9, 2008
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.
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