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Archive for the ‘Bogus Degrees’

April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Technology Comments Off on April 18, 2011


Question of the day: “Can a college degree earned on an iPad be as good as one earned in the Ivy League?

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Bogus Degrees

According to this report, diploma mills are on the rise, again.

March 1, 2011

March 01, 2011 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Online Education, Private Colleges and Universities Comments Off on March 1, 2011

Southern New Hampshire University: new online Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics.

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Franklin University (OH): new online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

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Aspiring farmers, take heed.  Online courses through the the Cornell University Northeast Beginning Farmer Project begin March 7th.

…Course cost is $150. Courses are open to anyone, but some content is NY-specific. Students should be familiar with their computer’s functions. Students should have DSL, cable modem, or satellite connection….

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A court in Abu Dhabi convicts 9 of using bogus college degrees to obtain employment visas.

February 9, 2011

February 09, 2011 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Private Colleges and Universities, Technology Comments Off on February 9, 2011

B2C Marketing Insider dissects Southern New Hampshire University’s online MBA in Social Media Marketing.  It’s worth a quick read, for sure.

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That master’s degree, which just set you back $20,000 — and oh, by the way, let’s not forget those little extras such as books, transportation, and a huge chunk of your life —  can be purchased from a degree mill for roughly $5,500.  Annoyed, yet?

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Drop by US News and World Report University Directory when time permits.  The publication has also developed an online education section on the usnews.com site.

December 6, 2010

December 06, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Online Education, State Colleges and Universities Comments Off on December 6, 2010

Interested in child advocacy?  Athens State University (AL) offers Children’s Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) over the web. 

Here’s information on a free online course about Islam.

The University of Wisconsin Badger Herald: “The dark side of diplomas“.  The piece includes some interesting comments by Dr. George Gollin, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and his efforts combating diploma mills.

July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, State Colleges and Universities, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on July 22, 2010

Is an online, executive MBA coming to George Mason University?  Cool, if so.

Randy Hutchinson, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, comments on diploma mills in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, For-profit Watch, Online Education, State Colleges and Universities Comments Off on June 29, 2010

California State University San Bernadino offers a five-course online certificate in sustainable practices.  Tuition appears comparatively affordable

Accessibility via online learning at Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma.

…Forty-five of the 163 graduates who earned master’s degrees from the Spears School of Business this spring earned their degrees through distance learning rather than traditional classroom instruction, according to information provided by the university…

Bogus degrees make headlines again.

HUGE for-profit college roundup at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, For-profit Watch, Online Education Comments Off on May 28, 2010

Inside Higher Ed: “California’s Deal With Kaplan

…Still, this is not a cheap endeavor. A standard three-credit online course at Kaplan costs $1,113, and a discounted three-credit course there costs California students $645. By comparison, a three-credit course at a California community college costs a mere $78. Despite the cost, Kaplan officials believe they are helping the state’s community colleges at a difficult time…

If the California system is so overloaded, then why aren’t more students there taking advantage of community colleges such as Central Texas College (TX), Darton College (GA), or Barton County Community College (KS)?  Online tuition for OUT OF STATE students at these schools comes out to roughly 1/2 as much as the discounted Kaplan option. 

Something is rotten in Cali.  You read it here first.  

Microsoft vouchers coming to Utah.

More embarrassing revelations due to a degree mill.

…On his resumé, Talley listed a master’s degree in insurance studies from Hamilton University in Evanston, Wyo., but “60 Minutes” exposed the school in 2004 as a diploma mill with no faculty or campus two years after Talley earned the degree. The school has since been closed….

Operators of these mills could care less.

May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Online Education, Outside the USA Comments Off on May 20, 2010

Anya Kamenetz in the Huffington Post: “Online Education and the Laying on of Hands.”

3.) From the Washington letter: “One of the problems with the newest crop of distance-learning institutions is that they are motivated entirely by profit.”

This is true. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Public institutions need to get involved in defining online education or it will be defined for them by a set of institutions with very different agendas.

An online diploma scam snares another victim.  Why aren’t people researching this stuff for legitimacy?

Equine Guelph, a series of equine-related distance learning programs offered by University of Guelph (Canada) , recently won two Reader’s Choice awards presented by the HorseJournals.com guide.

May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Education, For-profit Watch Comments Off on May 12, 2010

The Chronicle covers adult education.

…”You have to think of your student body as very different and diverse,” she said. That is, adult students might not have the same cultural knowledge that many 20-year-old undergraduates share.

To illustrate that point, Ms. Kunz described an online sociology course for which a professor at the university based an assignment on Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary football coach. “Surprisingly,” she said, “a lot of students didn’t know who Joe Paterno was…”

Blasphemy! 😉

More bogus degree trouble for a FL police chief. 

The Subprime College Crisis

…For-profits offer online, night and weekend classes, which are more convenient for students with full-time jobs.

Sounds great right? What could possibly be wrong with an industry that expands access to higher education?

A lot, as it turns out…

Well worth a read.

April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, State Colleges and Universities, Tuition Comments Off on April 26, 2010

Back in the classroon at 40-50 years-old young.  An inspiring piece from the Montclarion (Montclair State University, NJ) student newspaper.

More tuition increases affecting distance learners.  Central Michigan University is guilty this time.

A few weeks ago, we mentioned a mayor who came under fire for her bogus degree.  She’s since resigned.