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Danger: Proliferation of Digital Diploma Mills is The Biggest Threat to Quality of Higher Education 

Digital Diploma Mills is the matter of extraordinary significance and ought to have the attention of teachers, students, parents and employers as well, who are concerned with the future of higher education, social inequality, democracy, and qualified workforce.

 

 
 
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Published:  July 23, 2011
 
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Slide 1: Danger: Proliferation of Digital Diploma Mills is The Biggest Threat to Quality of Higher Education! Digital Diploma Mills are becoming one of the biggest threats clouding over the quality and integrity of higher education standards. It’s a wake-up call to teachers, students, parents and for the employers who are now thinking that these malfeasant digital diploma mills are a biggest assault over education quality, intellectual freedom and employment standardization. These fake digital diploma mills are not only leaping down all the legitimate degree holding students but they are also promoting criminals in the world of education, who ultimately ends up into a jail for forgery. Digital diploma mills, is the matter of extraordinary importance and deserves the attention of everyone who is concerned with the future of higher education, social inequality, democracy and better employment opportunities. Shocking Reality: Multi-Billion Dollar Fraud of Fake Digital Diploma Mills Exposed! Its frightening news that United States of America is found to be the biggest place of online and offline diploma mills. The recent research outlines that there are around 800 offline and thousands of online digital diploma mills are working to the crime of educational document forfeiting and fraud. Digital diploma mills are not restricted to America only, there are hundreds of thousands fake online educational document factories, alluring their customers by their persuasive sales pitch and by providing the opportunity to get their higher education in the minimum time and in few hundred dollars. Billions of dollars lost each year by people, attaining those fake degrees which have no worth more than a piece of paper.
Slide 2: Two Giant Online Digital Diploma Mills Exposed – Rochville and Belford Universities are Marked Fake! “Mail drop” diploma/degree mills are simply fraud; it’s a way for unscrupulous hucksters to make money while providing no service. More substantive degree mills devalue college degrees by making them available without college-level work. Belford University and Rochville University are two of the most popular diploma mills that have been accused and nabbed by different media agencies like CNN, WHEC-TV etc. As the sources defined that their domains are registered here in United States but a fake degree or diploma is shipped from United Arab Emirates. Rochville and Belford universities are unaccredited online universities offering a "Life Experience Degree, and Certificate Program", as every knowledgeable person knows that Education is earned through hard work and through proper learning program, life experience learning degree is a fraud. No one can attain a four years bachelor’s degree in 15 days time in only $399.   Oregon Office of Degree Authorization lists Rochville University as a “fake." Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board declares that Belford University is not a legitimate institute of higher education. Diploma mills are showing their accreditation proof by their own made fake accreditation agencies, fake accreditation agencies exposed! A student who is researching about an institution for his higher education have two things in his mind. First, is the educational institution is accredited with the government licensed accreditation agency or not and second the ranking of the university marked by that agency in-terms of quality of education. These phony diploma mills are trying to convince an information seeker by showing their accreditation with these four accreditation agencies which are
Slide 3: also fake and made by their own purpose of fraud. So beware of under mentioned accreditation agencies. You can easily point out a diploma mill when you see that they are attached with these agencies. 1. International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities (IAAOU), 2. The Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEA) 3. The Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA) 4. The World Online Education Accrediting Commission (WOEAC) By Following Some Precautions We Can Save Ourselves From the Loss of Precious Time, Money and Our Employment Career, Spot Digital Diploma Mills Now! 13 Signs of a Criminal Digital Diploma Mill: 1. Detailed information about the faculty members is not shown on the website 2. Lack of physical address, if the university’s “Contact Us” page shows only email addresses and some phone numbers (especially those 1-800 or 1866) as contact information then there is a high probability that such university is a fake one. 3. Suspicious physical address, a Google search through its maps, in which you can see the street view of the building that you are trying to find. Just drag the yellow human icon on top of the red “A” pin on the map and you will be able to see the truth. 4. Outdated website, legitimate institutions always keeps their website updated with recent events and news regarding education and cocurricular activities. 5. Check for legitimate accreditation, if an agency is named, check to see if that accrediting agency is officially sanctioned. Legitimate accrediting agencies are recognized by the Department of Education and/or the
Slide 4: Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Both of those organizations list legitimate agencies on their Web sites. 6. Check with the licensing boards and professional associations that regulate your industry to see if the educational program delivers an acceptable level of training. 7. The institution frequently changes addresses, and their written materials typically include numerous spelling and grammatical errors, sometimes on the diploma itself. 8. Overemphasis on the speed and brevity with which someone can receive a degree (e.g. "Call now and have your degree shipped to you overnight!"). 9. Degrees can be earned in far less time than normal (e.g. 27 days) or the diploma is printed with a specific backdate. 10. 11. There is no selectivity in admissions, or any questions about Degree requirements are vague or unspecified, lacking class tuition fees are typically on a perprevious test scores or detailed academic history. descriptions and without any mention of how many credit hours are required to complete a program and degree basis. 12. 13. Grade point average (GPA) and academic honors (e.g. Summa Cum Like fake accrediting agencies, there are also fake credential Laude) can be specified at the time of purchase. evaluation services. These organizations work on behalf of diploma mills to ensure that degrees from these schools are determined to be comparable to a degree that is received from an accredited institution. Do opt for a legitimate document verification service.
Slide 5: Conclusion: Diploma mills are causing injury to society which is perhaps the most compelling argument since the misrepresentation of credentials in certain fields can certainly imperil public and individual safety. Targeted action by law enforcement agencies locally and internationally can start an anti digital diploma mills campaign. Like Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted DIPSCAM (Operation Diploma Scam) which was a series of separate investigations conducted by the Charlotte, North Carolina Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1980–1991. Creating awareness is the second thing we can do to pick out a diploma mills scam out from the fork. Education is the most important part of our life and we really need to get it right from a legitimate institution so we can be able to be successful in our professional life. The solutions provided above are all genuine things to do when checking an institution and its legitimacy. But you can do more as there is one other resource by which you can check an education institution and its legitimacy, accreditation and all the desired facts and you want to know, that simple free of cost method is knows as checking a diploma mill directory database, in which all the online and offline diploma mills are made available with every single piece of their information.

   
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