It Was Only A Matter of Time

Nick Fishman

Talk about opening up a can of worms!  We’ve been expecting stories to surface about higher profile individuals representing that they earned degrees only for their current of future employers to discover that they were from fraudulent universities (often referred to as "diploma mills").  However, we never would have expected that the first major story to arise would involve a White House staffer and other federal government officials.  The story Lawyer: Gov’t Workers Got Fake Diplomas tells of at least 135 federal employees on the government payroll who represented themselves as graduates from universities that do not exist.

Diploma Mills have been springing up all over the internet and offer those with a couple of bucks the ability to claim that they received academic degrees that they in fact, did not.  We’ve seen this trend explode over the past five years and have been educating employers to beware of such representations.

What can an employer do?  If education is an important determining factor in your hiring process, conduct an employment verification.  This inexpensive step will allow you to determine if your applicant has a degree, the type of degree earned, the dates of attendance and sometimes even GPA.  These diploma mills are not exactly the best kept secret and we all have lists with those most often represented.   

This shouldn’t be the first time you have ever heard about Diploma Mills, but I can guarantee that it will not be the last.

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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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