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

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"Do you know where your doctor, lawyer, or clergyman earned his or her degree? In 1986, a congressional committee report concluded that half a million Americans hold fake degrees. Since then, things have gotten much, much worse." "Fueled by the Internet, more than three hundred active degree mills sell thousands of worthless diplomas each week, including medical and law degrees. Their total sales exceed $500 million a year - and over $1 billion in aggregate - yet the damage that their "customers" do is immeasurable." "Allen Ezell, who specialized ...
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"Do you know where your doctor, lawyer, or clergyman earned his or her degree? In 1986, a congressional committee report concluded that half a million Americans hold fake degrees. Since then, things have gotten much, much worse." "Fueled by the Internet, more than three hundred active degree mills sell thousands of worthless diplomas each week, including medical and law degrees. Their total sales exceed $500 million a year - and over $1 billion in aggregate - yet the damage that their "customers" do is immeasurable." "Allen Ezell, who specialized in degree fraud during his time with the FBI, and John Bear, prolific author and expert witness on the subject in federal and state courts, reveal the shocking dimensions of this growing scam in this thoroughly researched expose. Because so few people check up on degrees, huge numbers of fake-degree holders work as therapists, nuclear safety engineers, military officers, teachers, and top business executives, including two former CFOs of Fortune 500 companies. The authors provide lengthy and detailed recommendations on what can be done as well as useful lists of fake schools." This is an invaluable reference book for personnel departments in business and academia, as well as for the average consumer.
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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

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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)

Table of Contents

1 History of degree mills 29
2 The sellers 59
3 The buyers 107
4 Legal and ethical issues 119
5 The enforcers 129
6 What can be done about degree mills? 145
App. A The ethics of using fake degrees 191
App. B The "university degree program" - the biggest degree mill ever 201
App. C The media professional's guide to finding people with fake degrees 219
App. D The Oregon and North Dakota statutes 225
App. E Accreditation 239
App. F Time bombs 257
App. G The counterfeiters 271
App. H How to find schools without recognized accreditation 281
App. I Laura Callahan's story 287
App. J Ezell, Bear, and US Investigations Services 301
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