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Msca avoiding diploma mills 4 12 13

  1. 1. Ryan SchrenkInstructional Manager @ MTDA April 10, 2013 Bozeman, MT MSCA Yearly Conference Slides available at:
  2. 2.  Higher Ed  investigates-udc-professors-earn-degrees-from- diploma-mill#axzz2Ptm4xWHr  High School 
  3. 3. What several States say
  4. 4.  Diploma mills (or degree mills) are substandard or fraudulent “colleges” that offer potential students degrees with little or no serious work. Some are simple frauds: a mailbox to which people send money in exchange for paper that purports to be a college degree. Others require some nominal work from the student but do not require college-level course work that is normally required for a degree.
  5. 5.  You can earn degrees in significantly less time than at a traditional college or university. The college places a heavy emphasis on offering college credits for life experience. The college sends you a diploma if you pay a fee. The college lets you “buy” a grade point average and academic honors. The college charges tuition by the degree, or offers discounts if you enroll in multiple degree programs. (Traditional colleges generally charge by the credit hour, course, or semester, although some vocational schools charge tuition per program.)
  6. 6.  The college’s address is a post office box or suite number. The college’s Web site does not include information that a traditional college Web site might include, such as a mission statement, course requirements for specific programs, library resources, and faculty information. The college provides only vague information about its faculty or has no faculty, only “evaluators,” “mentors” or “counselors.” The college claims to be accredited by an association that either does not exist or is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The name of a college is similar to a well-known and well-respected college.
  7. 7.  In general, diploma mills would not pass the initial screening of accrediting organizations (review for eligibility, candidacy, or initial accreditation) and thus fall outside the purview of these bodies. Similarly, accreditation mills would struggle with the pre-screening for recognition and thus escape this scrutiny as well.
  8. 8.  Lack of Accreditation Dept of Veteran Affairs won’t grant benefits to attend Names similar but not same as legitimate ones Lack of contact with professors Lack of work required Scholarships available for no good reason Excessive credit for “life experiences” Obvious typos or English language errors Questionable marketing methods
  9. 9.  Can degrees be purchased? Is there a claim of accreditation when there is no evidence of this status? Is there a claim of accreditation from a questionable accrediting organization? Does the operation lack state or federal licensure or authority to operate? Is little if any attendance required of students? Are few assignments required for students to earn credits? Is a very short period of time required to earn a degree?
  10. 10.  Are degrees available based solely on experience or resume review? Are there few requirements for graduation? Does the operating charge very high fees as compared with average fees charged by higher education institutions? Alternatively, is the fee so low that it does not appear to be related to the cost of providing legitimate education? Does the operation fail to provide any information about the campus or business location or address and relies, e.g., only on a post office box? Does the operation fail to provide a list of its faculty and their qualifications? Does the operation have a name similar to other well-known colleges and universities? Does the operation make claims in its publications for which there is no evidence?
  11. 11.  Atlantic International University  About the Doctorate  How to Apply 
  12. 12.  USDE  CHEA  Maine’s List  Accredited/non-accredited.htm Recognized Accrediting Orgs  d.pdf
  13. 13. Same signs/different level
  14. 14.  How to recognize a fake GED  Can I take the test from home?  Where can I take it?  Isn’t it an online test?  The “GED Online” test is a scam  GED costs around $100 rising to $120 in January 2014  Diploma mills charge more for the fake test  Prep classes are safe though
  15. 15. Let’s look together…
  16. 16.  Lincoln Academy  http://www.thelinco
  17. 17.  Left up to the State Beware if not accredited by one of the big 6  Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools  New England Association of Schools and Colleges  North Central Association of Colleges and Schools  Northwest Accreditation Commission for primary and secondary schools and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for postsecondary institutions  Western Association of Schools and Colleges  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  18. 18.  Montana Accreditation Manual  al.pdf Contains this and more  Numbers and types of staff or teachers  Required licensures  Class sizes  Curriculum standards  Program definitions Beware if programs stray and ask questions
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