...Warning: Diploma Mills!

Monday, November 2, 2009

...Warning: Diploma Mills!
Definition Diploma Mills:  A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is an organization that awards academic degrees and diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without recognition by official educational accrediting bodies. The purchaser can then claim to hold an academic degree, and the organization is motivated by making a profit. These degrees are often awarded based on vaguely construed life experience. Some such organizations claim accreditation by non-recognized/unapproved accrediting bodies set up for the purposes of providing a veneer of authenticity. 

While the terms "degree mill" and "diploma mill" are commonly used interchangeably, within the academic community a distinction is sometimes drawn:

A degree mill provides a "real" degree from a fake college.
A diploma mill provides a fake degree from a real college.
EDITORIAL - Diploma mills
(The Philippine Star) Updated September 25, 2009 12:00 AM 

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9211/startoon.gifObtaining a law degree takes longer and is more expensive than finishing a nursing course. Certain top universities have criticized the emphasis on the Bar exam as a gauge of the quality of graduates, pointing out that a better gauge is a student’s performance over the four-year law course. The Bar has also been rocked by scandals involving the leak of questions. But 10 years without a single graduate passing the Bar is a pretty good indicator of bad performance by a law school. The CHED should not hesitate in shutting down those seven schools, and should do more in improving the quality of higher education.  http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=508412
 Ten years of operating a law school, with not a single graduate passing the Bar exam. The fault can’t lie entirely on the graduates’ capabilities. The Commission on Higher Education has announced that it is shutting down seven law schools where no graduate has passed the Bar exam in the past 10 years. This move is similar to previous efforts to raise the standards of education in medicine, nursing and related courses.

Such moves are welcome, but why wait 10 years? Even a year without a single graduate passing the Bar exam should raise alarm bells. Filipinos put a premium on education, believing that it holds the key to a better life. Parents are willing to spend a fortune on their children’s education. Even poor families invest in the education of at least one child, hoping that the brightest in a large brood could later help finance the education of siblings.

Such hopes must not be dashed by those whose idea of operating educational institutions is to issue a diploma to anyone who can afford to pay tuition and miscellaneous fees. The problem is not unique to law schools. Over the years the passing rates in many other professional exams have fallen, even as institutions of higher learning have mushroomed across the country.

The government lacks the resources to guarantee the delivery of quality education. But it can assess that quality based on the performance of a school’s graduates in professional examinations. Politicians should keep out of this effort to improve the quality of higher education, and Malacañang should give the CHED its full support. In recent years efforts by CHED officials to shut down substandard nursing schools were blocked by politicians, who lobbied with Malacañang to keep the schools open.
Philippines moves to shut down ‘diploma mills’
PUBLISHED ON June 29, 2007 AT 7:33 PM · MANILA — The government is well on its way to putting an end to the perennial problem of “diploma mills” or fake diplomas often sold in some of Manila’s main streets, particularly Recto.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Dr. Carlito Puno said the antidote to this long-time problem is through the centralization of the printing of diplomas.

“There is much more to be accomplished if government agencies cooperate with one another. In this case, the CHED has linked up with the National Printing Office (NPO) in the production of college diplomas with security features,” Puno said.

He said the paper to be used in the printing of diplomas would be the same paper used in printing the Philippine currency. Aside from a serial number, a bar code with the graduate’s photo not visible to the naked eye, would be among the other security features to be included.

Puno said the system to curb diploma mills would be carried out in one or two years.

The CHED chairman said that this system would prevent Filipino professionals from being banned by foreign employers as there have been numerous cases that fake diplomas were detected.

Puno also informed the students that the CHED has expanded its scholarship and loan program for them.
“The President has issued an order that we expand our scholarship and loan programs for students 10 to 20 times,” he said. http://www.pinoypress.net/2007/06/29/philippines-moves-to-shut-down-diploma-mills/
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FrEindz4 eVer said...

Some people who can't or won't pursue higher studies online or offline are now heading to fake college degrees to get a diploma or certificate to hang by their wall - just for facade or perhaps to use as an armor to get the much coveted career advancement replica diploma

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