Online Extra: Spotting diploma mills
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation
in Washington has issued a fact sheet of warning signs that an organization might be a diploma mill.
The fact sheet says that if yes is the answer to most of the following questions, it's 'highly suggestive' the organization is a diploma mill.Can degrees be purchased? Does the organization claim accreditation when there is no evidence of this status? Does it claim accreditation from a questionable accrediting organization? Does the operation lack state or federal licensure or authority to operate? Is little if any attendance required of students? Are few assignments required? Is a very short period of time required to earn a degree? Are degrees available based solely on experience or resume review? Does the operation charge very high fees, compared with other education institutions? Alternatively, is the fee so low that it does not appear to be related to the cost of providing legitimate education? Does the operation fail to provide information about a campus or business location or address and relies, for example, on a post office box? Does it fail to provide a list of its faculty and their qualifications? Does it have a name similar to well-known colleges and universities? Does it make claims in its publications for which there is no evidence?