Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas

Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas

by Allen Ezell, John Bear
     
 

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Got a hankering to perform thoracic surgery? Pony up a few thousand dollars and get yourself a knife. Care to give expert testimony in criminal trials, propose legislation, or control the lives of hundreds of people in a major corporation? Ditto, except for the knife, maybe. Fake degrees from colleges abound, complete with transcripts, diplomas, and glowing… See more details below

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Got a hankering to perform thoracic surgery? Pony up a few thousand dollars and get yourself a knife. Care to give expert testimony in criminal trials, propose legislation, or control the lives of hundreds of people in a major corporation? Ditto, except for the knife, maybe. Fake degrees from colleges abound, complete with transcripts, diplomas, and glowing recommendation letters. Apart from having to endure Homecoming in a post office box, many people buy these degrees without qualms, enriching both themselves and the criminals pandering to them. Ezell and Bear, retired FBI agent and educator respectively, and experts in the field collectively, expose how these degrees get on the market and who buys them. They show how to find if a college or degree is legitimate and give very useful lists of fake colleges, degrees, and accreditation organizations to help sort out job applicants, candidates, and annoying coworkers. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"Allen Ezell and John Bear have done consumers, students, and employers a huge service in this superb overview of society’s problem with fake degrees and degree suppliers. Degree Mills is the best book on the subject and is required reading for anyone who cares about educational credentials. Whether you are thinking of getting an online degree, hiring someone who has such a degree, or rooting out someone with a fake degree, Ezell and Bear’s Degree Mills is the gold standard, your first and best source."
—ALAN CONTRERAS, OREGON STUDENT ASSISTANCE COMMISSION

"This is the peerless guide to diploma scams. This well-documented study is in the same league as other famous exposés such as Jessica Mitford’s The American Way of Death."
—BIMONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS

"There’s an investigative vibe underpinning the book . . . [containing] unforgettable characters and the narrative pace of a thriller. [Provides] consumers and employers with a bevy of research tools to spot fake degrees. . . . Ezell and Bear’s investigative strengths shine a particularly bright and effective spotlight on a problem that has serious—and dangerous—repercussions."
—CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"This well-written and disturbing book reveals just how easy it is to become a ‘college graduate.’ . . . Read it if you have an interest in genuine education."
—STATESMAN JOURNAL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591022381
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/25/2004
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.70(d)

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