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Diploma Mills: Be Aware!

Jun 7, 2008
Diploma Mills are also known as Degree mills. These generally institutions that awards or gives individuals academic diplomas with very little, if not no academic studies. Commonly, diploma mills are known to lack the required educational standards and so the diplomas given by such institution are deemed worthless.

Diploma mills operate without any supervision of the official educational institution or board. They aren't recognized or certified by accreditation bodies. Even so, these diploma mills trick people into thinking they are, by claiming that they are accredited by a non-recognized board. This makes it seems as if their institution is really authentic.

Most names of diploma mills are created to sound prestigious. Their marketing strategy are often very misleading as they claim to be endorsed by a fake or dummy accreditation organization. Diploma mills are also known to mislead people to think that their business license is also a form of government endorsement.

Because the diplomas they give out are often used for fraudulent purposes, diploma mills are considered illegal in various countries. One very good example is in Australia. If you call an institution a "university", it can be considered a criminal offense, unless the institution received the approval and accreditation of the Master of Education, Science and Training.

These diploma mills are prevalent especially on online education or online degrees. The students are usually given a non standard or lower units of course work while some also allows the student to buy the credentials instead of earning them.

It is very important to check if a certain educational institution is accredited or not. For online degrees, one can call the university or college in order to verify the authenticity of their offered online course. The applicant may also check the state educational board to check if this certain academic institution is registered or if they are accredited.
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