More Diploma Mill Avoidance

The Department of Education also recommends the guidelines set out by the Better Business Bureau regarding diploma mills. The Better Business Bureau suggests you watch for the following features and regard them as red flags when considering whether or not to enroll in a school:

* Degrees that can be earned in less time than at an accredited postsecondary institution, an example would be earning a Bachelor’s degree in a few months.

* A list of accrediting agencies that sounds a little too impressive. Often, these schools will list accreditation by organizations that are not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (the two reputable organizations that recognize accrediting agencies). These schools will also imply official approval by mentioning state registration or licensing.

* Offers that place unrealistic emphasis on offering college credits for lifetime or real world experience.

* Tuition paid on a per-degree basis, or discounts for enrolling in multiple degree programs. Accredited institutions charge by credit hours, course, or semester.

* Little or no interaction with professors.

* Names that are similar to well known reputable universities.

* Addresses that are box numbers or suites. That campus may very well be a mail drop box or someone’s attic.



Referenced Source(s): Department of Education


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