Recent testimony by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) before a House subcommittee reveals the encouraging news that diploma mills receive federal financial aid dollars, are easy to set up, and have happily (and profitably) provided bogus degrees to many federal employees, paid for by the federal government.
Key elements of the investigation (which must have been a lot of fun) included purchasing diplomas from a diploma mill and starting up a diploma mill. The investigators astutely identified an organization called "Degrees-R-Us" as a diploma mill. Brilliant deductive work there, eh?
Appalling as all of this is, I can't help but be amused by the investigators' purchase of a "premium package" of degrees, which included a B.S. and a related M.S. all for one low, low price. I think if I were going to run my own diploma mill, I'd want to offer a "grab bag:" bargain-basement prices, but we pick the degree. It would be like the bogus-academic version of Russian roulette: you might get a Ph.D. in Astrophysics ... but you might get a Certificate in TV and VCR Repair.
Any takers?Posted by at October 14, 2004 11:08 PM