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April 16, 2010

April 16, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Community and Technical Colleges, Online Education Comments Off on April 16, 2010

What’s up with simultanously attending multiple colleges?   

US News & World Report: “How to Maximize an Online Education Program.”

The fallout when elected officials purchase bogus degrees:

…Galle has said the investigation is a matter of university accreditation and stood by her degree, which uses her maiden name, Patricia Bologna, and came from Redding University in 1973. The California-based online school is considered a diploma mill by Oregon standards.

But there’s a bigger problem with that document, according to the state’s search warrant affidavit.

Redding University was established in 2003, three decades after Galle claims to have obtained her degree…

Talk about an embarrassment.

More LinkedIn-Diploma Mill Fun

February 17, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on More LinkedIn-Diploma Mill Fun

From yesterday’s edition of “Mitch Lipka’s Consumer Ally” at WalletPop comes this revealing piece by Beau Brendler.

Nevertheless, we must give credit to GetEducated.com, who was on top of this over two months ago

Just how bad is the bogus degree industry in the USA?

January 25, 2010 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees Comments Off on Just how bad is the bogus degree industry in the USA?

Terrible, really.  Apparently, we — as in here in the good old USA — are the fake college/university capital of the world, according to this report.

It goes without saying that fake degrees hurt us all. 

Fake education on LinkedIn

December 07, 2009 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees 1 Comment →

According to this recent research from the GetEducated.com Consumer Reporting Team, yes, even flaky degrees show up on LinkedIn contacts.

…Almeda University has been called a degree mill by Alan Contreras, administrator of Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization. A search of LinkedIn for professionals listing Almeda in their educational profiles yielded 1,791 results. Among them: the lead consultant forensic psychologist at a UK mental health facility, a systems engineer at NASA, and a contract manager at an aerospace firm in Denver…

And much, much more.  Near the end of this report, there’s a list of costs associated with degree mills. 

Again, these shady operations hurt us all.

Going after degree mills…

December 02, 2009 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on Going after degree mills…

among the Kiwis.  So reports the New Zealand Herald.

Mr. Alan Contreras, Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, is spearheading the effort.  

While we’re on this subject, please be sure to check out Diploma Mill News every now and then.  Lots of great info.

Please remember that such mills and similar shady operations pose a genuine threat to those of us who have invested years in our own college education.

Dogs may earn online MBA degrees too

September 28, 2009 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees Comments Off on Dogs may earn online MBA degrees too

In case you haven’t heard by now, a dog named “Chester” recently earned a Master of Business Administration from Rochville University.  Equal opportunity at its best!

Funny?  Quite, but also most disturbing.  Stories such as this underscore the dangers of degree mills.

Kudos to GetEducated.com for shedding light on the subject.

Bogus/unaccredited degree news from NJ and WA

November 05, 2008 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on Bogus/unaccredited degree news from NJ and WA

– New Jersey clamps down on earning unaccredited degrees while serving in publicly funded positions, requires enrollment in accredited schools for tuition reimbursement.

– The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education orders professors to stop using the “doctor” title.  Apparently, these profs hold degrees from unaccredited schools.

– Nine Washington State Troopers investigated for bogus degrees.

Surprisingly, we haven’t seen as many bogus degrees in the media during this election cycle as I initially thought.

Alabama going after degree mills – Part II

October 14, 2008 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on Alabama going after degree mills – Part II

Alabama began cracking down on these questionable institutions three months ago.  This effort is paying dividends.

According to information released Thursday by the Alabama Community College System, applications for five institutions to come to the state were denied, four had their operating licenses revoked and licenses for 21 schools were not renewed. Also, one school closed.

31 and counting!

Shady degrees cause more trouble for politicians

September 24, 2008 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on Shady degrees cause more trouble for politicians

+ Embarrassing unaccredited degree fallout: Wylie, TX city councilman and teacher resigns teaching post over a questionable bachelor’s degree from Concordia College.

+ California: Candidate’s online doctoral degree comes under fire.

A couple thoughts.  First, Concordia College and Concordia University really exist.  There are several private, accredited institutions in various states carrying this name.  However, the degree in question comes from an unaccredited school in Washington. Furthermore, as I predicted earlier, it appears the Spokesman-Review list of diploma mill recipients resulting from Operation Gold Seal continues to expose numerous bogus degree holders, needless to say.

Second, in regards to the California candidate, I think such press coverage gives online education a bad name in the public mind.  Although the storyline indicates that the school is accredited by separatists, only later can the reader determine that it is also truly unaccredited.

FauxPlomas and embarrassed police officers

September 16, 2008 By: Paul Category: Bogus Degrees, Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on FauxPlomas and embarrassed police officers

FauxPlomas, a new term from Fox Business News.  I like it!

Meanwhile, a Chicago-area police officer’s college degree failed to make the grade.