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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

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.

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.

Media affection for unaccredited degrees

August 20, 2008 By: Paul Category: Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on Media affection for unaccredited degrees

Some educators in New Jersey apparently “earned” graduate degrees through a certain “university”.  Two local newspapers note these efforts at self-improvement.

A “poor excuse” is what The Asbury Park Press calls the decision to pursue such questionable credentials.  Moving right along, a second editorial in The Star Ledger thinks the matter is “unbelievable“.

Alabama going after degree mills

July 16, 2008 By: Paul Category: Unaccredited Degrees 1 Comment →

At least, according to a report in the Montgomery Advertiser.

One measure involves instituting a $2,500 licensing fee charged to for-profit schools.

Questionable degree bites another one

April 09, 2008 By: Paul Category: Unaccredited Degrees Comments Off on Questionable degree bites another one

The newly hired police chief for the city of Camas, Washington withdrew his name from consideration after it was learned that his bachelor’s degree came from  “Chadwick University” in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa News (AL) published a report on Chadwick last year.

For example, Chadwick University in Birmingham has been labeled a diploma mill for granting degrees with little or no work in most courses. One person who claimed a bachelor’s degree from the school was later hired by the National Nuclear Security Administration, one of 463 federal workers identified in a 2004 Government Accountability Report  as having obtained degrees from unaccredited universities.

We often see these embarrassing reports after a new hire has been made. HR departments and selection committees sometimes verify education credentials.  Government positions usually invite scrutiny from reporters looking for that certain scoop to propel their own careers.