Why are these malicious diploma mills allowed to exist? Millions of people working to get legitimate education in real schools, and along come these Pat Robertson make-believe schools and flood the market with this junk. If someone bought a house and painted it purple, the whole community would have him in court, but lowering the value of all those legitimate diplomas seems OK. That's just fraud, plain and simple. Is there any laws to fight back fake, bogus universities or in simple diploma mills? Or we are the people helpless and have to deal with this mounting issue all by ourselves. First we need to understand the difference between a degree mill and a diploma mill. A degree mill provides a "real" degree from a fake college and a diploma mill provides a 鈥渇 ake 鈥?degree from a real college. Numerous university degree / diploma mills operate on the Internet, where they often pretend to be as institutions of distance learning. Genuine distance-learning providers are recognized in the countries where they are located, and their legitimacy can be verified by contacting the relevant educational authorities. Here are some betraying signs of a diploma mill: No Studies, No Exams 鈥?Get a Degree for Your Experience. No Attendance. Legitimate school, colleges and universities, including online schools, require extensive course work. Flat Fee Many diploma mills charges an amount on a per-degree basis. Real colleges charge on credit hour, per course, or semester basis. No Waiting If an ad promises that you can earn a degree very quickly, it 鈥檚 probably a diploma mill. Click Here To Order Now! Accredited colleges never use spam or high-pressure telemarketing to market themselves. Advertising through spam or pop-ups If legitimate institutions, including distance learning programs, they don 鈥檛 advertise through spam or pop-ups. COMBAT STRATEGIES The following checklist will help you to distinguish whether a college or university is a genuine or just a fraudulent diploma mill: 鈥?Is the school accredited? If so, by what accrediting agency/board? And is the accrediting authority an official, recognized body? 鈥?College or University accreditation can be verified or not with the several lists of accrediting organizations? 鈥?Research on the web to determine the school's legitimacy, and speak with other students who have attended the same school 鈥?Check the bookstores and online college directories for more information on the courses offered by your prospective school 鈥?Check with the state authority about the location of school and confirm that it is licensed and authorized to operate in that state Conclusion It is apparent that a solution to the diploma mill problem does not lie in the hands of one agency or association, but instead requires a combination of efforts. Although it can be expected that the State Higher Education Commissions will aid in stopping such abuse, but their work can be enhanced by the assistance of the member institutions. Background screening and investigation companies are an effective way to attack the growing problem of diploma mills; however, constant vigilance is the key to determining whether a degree awarding university or institute is legitimate or a product of smoke and mirrors. Muhammad Saad Khan is a Research Analyst at Q2 Group. Q2 is based in Singapore and provides informational resources to governments, multinationals and the background check industry. Q2 is specialized in International background checks, criminal background check, pre employment screening, immigration screening, document verification, detecting diploma mills and so on.
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