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ERIC Number: EJ755656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May-5
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Educators' Degrees Earned on Internet Raise Fraud Issues
Trotter, Andrew
Education Week, v23 n34 p1, 18-19 May 2004
This article discusses how the degrees earned by a dozen educators on the Internet have raised fraud issues. Small firms known as "credential evaluators" help states and school districts detect educators who present phony or flimsy academic credentials from overseas institutions--a safeguard that is becoming more important with the growth of online education. However, experts say that the little-known credential-evaluation industry may itself be vulnerable to unethical operators, judging from a credentials scandal in Georgia for accepting credentials of 12 educators that were obtained by doing little more than describing their "life experiences." In an investigation for possible ethics violations of a dozen educators in five districts who said they had earned advanced degrees in education from Saint Regis University, Georgia Professional Standards Commission suspects that Career Consultants International was not giving independent evaluations. According to Alan L. Contreras, administrator of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, Saint Regis is a "diploma mill," a substandard or fraudulent provider of worthless credentials. In this article, the author describes how the Georgia commission downgraded the certification levels of the 12 educators and how the five districts have responded in various ways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia