Alright Ward Connley, where is your House nigga uncle tommin a** now! You quit to point how White Folks, don't respect Black Students at major University's because they believe they got there on Affirmation Action set asides....but what you Negroes never talk about is the white students that cheated on the SAT/ACT to get into school, and the White Folks and Foreigners with fake degrees....read on courtesy of New York Times!
Diploma Mill Concerns Extend Beyond Fraud DIANA JEAN SCHEMO
The man said he was a retired military officer from Syria, which the American government deems a sponsor of terrorists. He wanted credentials as a chemical engineer, useful for getting a visa to work in the United States. Could James Monroe University help?
For $1,277, it did. Within days, he received three undergraduate and advanced degrees in chemistry and environmental engineering, based on his “life experience,” according to documents in federal court. Although the degrees looked authentic, Monroe had no faculty or courses; the “adviser” evaluating “life experience” was a high school dropout.
Monroe was one of more than 120 fictitious universities operated by Dixie and Steven K. Randock Sr., a couple from Colbert, Wash., who sold diplomas for a price, according to a three-year federal investigation that ended in guilty pleas from the Randocks to mail and wire fraud. The inquiry into their diploma mill, which operated most often as St. Regis University, provides the most up-to-date portrait of how diploma factories can harness the rapidly evolving power of the Internet to expand their reach.
The Randocks will be sentenced on Wednesday. Six former employees have also pleaded guilty to federal charges and await sentencing.
Through their lawyers, the Randocks declined to comment; the court documents describe an operation that grew from a trickle to a flood from 1999 to 2005, when the authorities shut it down after its transaction with the Syrian officer, who was actually a Secret Service agent. The company became more inventive and bold, with revenues growing from $5,000 in 1999 to $1.65 million in 2005, and churning out more than 10,000 diplomas for customers in 131 countries.
The Randocks took in more than $7 million, said Thomas Rice, a spokesman for the chief federal prosecutor in Spokane. They created 121 fictitious universities, and produced counterfeit degrees claiming to be from scores of real universities, the court papers say.
“If they got their money, you got your diploma,” Mr. Rice said.
It is difficult to pin down how many diploma mills exist, or how many bogus degrees are bought each year, said George Gollin, a board member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the federal government’s recognized authority on accrediting agencies. But Dr. Gollin, who assisted investigators in the case, estimated that such companies sold 100,000 to 200,000 phony degrees a year.
Officials say they are concerned by growth in the industry and about the potential for terrorists to use bogus degrees to obtain United States visas.
Law-enforcement officials say there are many obstacles to prosecution. Federal law is murky, lacking even a working definition of a diploma mill; and, in 2006, Congress eliminated a requirement that online colleges and universities provide at least half their courses in actual classrooms, making it more difficult to detect bogus operations.
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred questions about diploma mill prosecution to the Education Department, as the “lead agency” in going after the companies. But Jane Glickman, a spokeswoman for the department, said it had no authority over the businesses.
About 20 states have passed laws to crack down on the trade in bogus diplomas, but companies simply relocate to other states. Some, like Oregon, have tried more comprehensive approaches, making it a crime to use degrees from diploma factories named on a state Web site.
Congress is moving cautiously, almost hesitantly. In February, the House defined diploma mills as entities that award degrees for “little or no” coursework and that lack accreditation by any government-recognized entity, in a bill that also creates a task force to recommend ways of cracking down on diploma factories.
A 2004 report by the Government Accountability Office, which surveyed only 2 percent of federal employees, found 463 who had bought degrees from three diploma mills, but warned that the true number was probably much higher.
More than half worked for the Defense Department, where the then deputy undersecretary for personnel and readiness, charged with overseeing two million Pentagon employees, claimed a master’s degree from Columbus University, which left Louisiana after officials there demanded proper accreditation.
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