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Online Learning Systems and Employer Acceptance

An increasing number of employers are recognizing legitimate online degrees at hiring time. However, it’s important to be aware when considering online learning systems that not all employers will accept them. Some potential employers may shy away from hiring people whose degree is pronounced “online” on his or her resume. Much of this is because [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 9

Diploma mills and fake learning systems are not only a far-reaching problem plaguing unwitting employers and duped students, but have also created a dangerous and potentially fatal phenomenon. Marion Kolitwenzew’s case is a tragic one. In 1999 she went to a specialist seeking care for her diabetic daughter. The specialist seemed impressive, with an office [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 8

Be sure to study the university website and reflect on its advertising strategies. One warning sign that the online learning system you’re eyeing is actually a diploma mill is a sense of urgency in the advertising of the institution. Oftentimes prospective students are encouraged to enroll immediately, before tuition or fees are increased, or told [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 7

When searching for an learning system to earn a degree, there are some dangers to look out for. If it’s a nontraditional subject area you’re interested in, you’ll need to take extra caution. Unlike hard sciences, more unusual or esoteric subjects are often great opportunities for pulling the wool over students’ eyes. These include learning systems [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 6

Another clue that an online learning system is actually a diploma mill is that the name of the institution is deceptively similar to a well-known, reputable university. One famous example of sound-alike learning systems is Columbia State University, run by Ronald Pellar, the famous hypnotist and fraudster who ultimately pled guilty to nine counts of [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 5

In general, students have an easier time than employers in discovering that an online learning system is actually a diploma mill. Ways to spot a diploma mill range from the obvious (blatant promises of a fake diploma) to more subtle clues. One clue that an online learning system is actually a mill: academic credit is [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 4

Determining whether an online learning system is actually a diploma mill can prove difficult for many employers. Some diploma mills even have phone operators who verify graduations to employers who call, or send transcripts. Some fake learning systems provide class rings, laminated student ID cards, etc. despite having no actual buildings or campus. According to [...]


Choosing an Online Learning System: Watching out for Diploma Mills, Pt. 3

In searching for an accredited learning system for your online degree, sometimes spotting a diploma mill is effortless. Many mills are targeted towards people who actually want fake diplomas, and are willing to pay for them. Mills charge fees ranging from $50 to $5,000 for a bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D. or other degree. Oftentimes, buyers only [...]