ERIC Number: EJ818031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
When Graduate Degrees Prostitute the Educational Process: Degrees Gone Wild
Lumadue, Richard T.
Christian Higher Education, v5 n3 p263-278 Sep 2006
Graduate degrees prostitute the educational process when they are sold to consumers by unaccredited degree/diploma mills as being equivalent to legitimate, bona-fide degrees awarded by accredited graduate schools. This article carefully analyzes the serious problems of bogus degrees and their association with the religious higher education enterprise. This study examined the historical evolution of bogus degrees and the eventual formation of degree/diploma mills in America. The effects and ramifications that the prostitution of the educational process has on society is analyzed from a social perspective. The findings reveal that society suffers from the proliferation of bogus degrees awarded by degree/diploma mills. A biblical perspective is presented to demonstrate the serious crisis plaguing religious institutions of higher education because of religious degree/diploma mills.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Degrees, Validity, Academic Standards, Credentials, Religious Education, Deception, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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