Diploma Mill Tips

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following tips to consumers to help them avoid diploma mills. Generally, companies or organizations that offer any one or combination of the following items will most likely be a diploma mill.No Studies, No Exams – Get a Degree for Your Experience. Diploma mills grant degrees for “work or [...]

FTC Tips

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following tips for those having difficulty identifying the value of professional certifications and how they relate to their respective industry. 1. Review your market — are their competing programs offering certificates in the same industry you serve? Conducting market research to find out what certificates offer and how [...]

Wasted Millions

Many would be surprised to know that both employers and consumers rarely recognize the difference between a professional certificate and a credential according to the 2005 “Facts for Business” guide issued by the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimated that diploma mills and similar disreputable companies in this industry that offer fake or non-accredited [...]

Ask the Source

The FTC recommends that employers go ahead and “Ask the applicant for proof of the degree and the school’s accreditation. If you don’t get satisfactory answers from the school itself and the accreditation sites on the Web, ask the applicant for proof of the degree, including a certified transcript, and the school’s accreditation. Ultimately, it’s [...]

Diploma Mill Directory

Another unique method for employers to use if they cannot determine the legitimacy of an academic institution is to follow the recommendation of the FTC to “Check other resources. There is no comprehensive list of diploma mills on the Web because new phony credentialing sources arise all the time. However, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission’s [...]

Check Out the School

The FTC further advises employers to investigate the educational background of individuals prior to hiring them. Employers should look for certain signs related to the college or university an applicant has a degree from. “Look at the school’s website. Although it is prudent to check out the school on the Internet, it’s not always easy [...]

Checking Credentials

Officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also make the suggestion that people check into the claimed educational achievements of individuals, particularly potential new hires. They recommend employers do the following: Contact the school. Most college registrars will confirm dates of attendance and graduation, as well as degrees awarded and majors, upon request. If the [...]

University of Where?

The last of four main tell tale signs of diploma mills are referred to as “Sound-Alike Names. Some diploma mills use names that sound or look like those of well-known colleges or universities. If the institution has a name similar to a well-known school, but is located in a different state, check on it. Should [...]

Check Location Variations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also warns consumers, colleges and employers against “Degrees From Schools in Locations Different From the Applicant’s Job or Home. If the applicant worked full-time while attending school, check the locations of the job and the educational institution. If the applicant didn’t live where he went to school, check to see [...]

Watch Out for the Quickie Degree

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) identifies the quickie degree as a tell tale sign of a fraudulent academic institutions claims. The FTC defines the quickie degree as follows, “Quickie Degrees. It generally takes time to earn a college or advanced degree — three to four years for an undergraduate degree, one or two years for [...]

Help for Consumers

As many people find out the hard way, it can sometimes be difficult to avoid diploma mills or other fraudulent academic organizations. Thankfully, officials from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Education, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have joined together to help people steer clear of these traps. As noted on [...]

Due Diligence Avoiding Diploma Mills

Another possible disaster that can occur as a result of a person obtaining a bogus college degree or certificate from a diploma mill or other fraudulent educational organization would be in a company. If the under-qualified individual were in charge of important business decisions like personnel, financials or research, they could make poor decisions that [...]

Worst Case Scenario

One of the most disturbing side effects of diploma mills occurs when an unqualified and inadequately educated person that has obtained a degree or certificate from an unaccredited source like a diploma mill is responsible for any decisions or actions that can affect the health and well-being of both people and organizations. The catastrophic ramifications [...]

Diploma Mills

Diploma mills are basically concerned with making a profit from unsuspecting individuals that may not know how to determine the legitimacy of the claims of the diploma mills. Diploma mills rely on their low advertised rates or the promise of awarding degrees in a minimum amount of time. Diploma mills sometimes claim to offer degrees [...]

Avoid Bogus Degrees

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Education, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have all issued warnings to college students and professionals seeking to further their educations and professional standing by pursuing online degree programs to beware of fraudulent organizations commonly known as diploma mills. Diploma mills are essentially companies that just [...]

Online Educational Programs

Online degree and professional certification programs that can be taken over the internet are basically the natural evolution of the timeless correspondence programs. Taking classes, particularly accredited classes online or through a correspondence program can be a huge benefit to both educational institutions and the individuals that enroll in the classes. The institutions can benefit [...]

More on Ed and Accreditation

The Department of Education also makes sure to clarify that it does not provide accreditation to any organization or entity at any time. Academic institutions that have been accredited share the distinction of being recognized as being institutions that maintain both high quality and high standards in the delivery of education.“The U.S. Department of Education [...]

Department of Education and Accreditation

Many people mistakenly believe that the U.S. Department of Education accredits colleges, universities and other academic institutions and organizations. Still others know that the Department of Education does not accredit institutions but actually believe that it should. At this time however, the Department of Education simply recognizes certain agencies for their commitment to educational standards [...]

NCCTE Partnerships

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NCCTE) is comprised of a partnership of esteemed colleges and universities.  These partners also represent some of the best deliverers of career and technical instruction, administration, and counseling in the country. These partners are made up of an impressive array of academic acclaim with professionals and [...]

03/30/2007…Diploma Mill Tips

03/30/2007…Diploma Mill Tips The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following tips to consumers to help them avoid diploma mills. Generally, companies or organizations that offer any one or combination of the following items will most likely be a diploma mill. No Studies, No Exams – Get a Degree for Your Experience. Diploma mills grant [...]