More than half of new PhDs in the US are bogus

tomar

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Jan 2011
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Diploma mills have been around for more than 700 years, and things are worse now than they've ever been," said John Bear, co-author of "Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas." He added: "Just two of the sellers -- Axact from Pakistan and University Degree Program (UDP) run by an American in Romania -- have
accounted for many hundreds of thousands of sales to Americans, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. More than half of all new PhDs in the U.S. each year are fake."


There's little reason to doubt that sales of degrees have only become even more prevalent since a federal probe executed from 1989 to 1991. It was dubbed "DIPSCAM" for "Diploma Scam," and resulted in the dismantling of 40 phony schools, 19 federal grand jury indictments, 20 convictions and the purchase of 40 diplomas and transcripts.
"Our best guestimate is there are 5,000 diploma mills at any one time, and probably the same number of fake accrediting agencies," said Allen Ezell, a 31-year FBI veteran who helped run DIPSCAM.


Federal agents identified 12,500 graduates of the 40 fake schools, and those who had purchased bogus degrees included "federal, state and county employees," Ezell (Bear's co-author) told CBS MoneyWatch. "Graduates were employed in business, education, law enforcement, military and in the medical field



I knew there were fake degrees out there, but I never suspected it was this massive....
 
Jan 2012
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This doesn't surprise me in the least. Once PhDs were one in a million, but now they are ten a penny.
Academic achievement has become a form of snobbery. The consequence has been a serious devaluation of the intellectual coinage.
Mind you, thankfully, most real academics remain inadequate in dealing with the realities of everyday life. I work with them on heritage matters and we often knock heads. Bless them!
 

AlpinLuke

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Oct 2011
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Italy, Lago Maggiore
Oh well ... in Italy we even know the "political degree": are you a supporter of the political party supported by the academic council? Ok ... you will obtain a degree without troubles [even if your are a dumb student]. Nothing new under the sun.
 

Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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Since the false obsession over the last 20 years or so with university education being essential for everyone to make something of themselves this problem has become worse. Most university degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on and are of no value whatsoever in finding a proper job.
 

tomar

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Since the false obsession over the last 20 years or so with university education being essential for everyone to make something of themselves this problem has become worse. Most university degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on and are of no value whatsoever in finding a proper job.
Well, if people are paying to get bogus diplomas (and paying even more to get real ones) obviously they get some benefit out of those pieces of paper..... There are for example some employers who will not even interview candidates if said candidates do not have certain diplomas (MBAs, PhDs etc...).....More broadly there are certain positions where given diplomas are a must... Also in some countries such diplomas give "points" towards residency or citizenship
 
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Since the false obsession over the last 20 years or so with university education being essential for everyone to make something of themselves this problem has become worse. Most university degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on and are of no value whatsoever in finding a proper job.
Don't you think that society will keep up with the increasing lack of academic worth of existing (or phony) academic degrees? Even when filling in the education part of a survey, we are asked about professional and post-academic education. Anyone who has seen the exit exams required by students in the 1800's knows how much more rigorous they were--a college student today might be hard pressed to pass one. Yet employers of today rarely ask if a candidate has graduated from grammar school. In academia, professorial candidates are frequently asked to a faculty dinner party--where the fakes and the underqualified are easily outed.
 
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tomar

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.......... the fakes and the underqualified are easily outed.
Depends how good they are at BS.... often times "charisma" is mistaken for competence..... and supposedly smart investors will bet billions on people who are essentially scammers , but charming.... As in the cases of Theranos and We Work





 
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Depends how good they are at BS.... often times "charisma" is mistaken for competence..... and supposedly smart investors will bet billions on people who are essentially scammers , but charming...
Perhaps and for a while. I do believe that society as a whole compensates for the decreasing value (or non-existent value) of a degree. Charm, fraud and deception have their limits. For example, investors may fall for hype that wouldn't fool another broker for a moment. There's an old saying about a fool and his gold. A garish resume may get one into a university's personnel office but may fall flat when the BS applicant is queried by others in the field. Of course, sometimes we don't recognize a phony until it is too late. But it all catches up: just look at the skepticism here on claims.
 
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Perhaps and for a while. I do believe that society as a whole compensates for the decreasing value (or non-existent value) of a degree. Charm, fraud and deception have their limits. For example, investors may fall for hype that wouldn't fool another broker for a moment. There's an old saying about a fool and his gold. A garish resume may get one into a university's personnel office but may fall flat when the BS applicant is queried by others in the field. Of course, sometimes we don't recognize a phony until it is too late. But it all catches up: just look at the skepticism here on claims.
What claims are you talking about here?