Education And Funding

It is likewise illegal under the Institutes of Technologies Acts (1992–2006) to use the term "institute of technology" or "regional technology college" without permission. Academic diplomas may be legitimately awarded without any study as a recognition of authority or experience. When given extraordinarily, such degrees are called honorary degrees or honoris causa degrees. Also, in some universities, holders of a lower degree (such as a bachelor's degree) may be routinely awarded honorary higher degrees (such as a master's degree) without study. Potter, States try to crack down on diploma mills, "Chronicle of Higher Education" 2003, no. 50 . Douglas, The accreditation of degree-granting institutions and its role in the utility of college degrees in the workplace, "Dissertation Abstracts International" 2003, no. 64 06A.

At universities and colleges, the burden falls on credential evaluators. In order to avoid hiring employees or admitting students with bogus degrees, reviewers in both environments must examine every degree presented for review. The case never got to trial because the parties reached an out-of-court settlement. A statutory revision was enacted in 2005, allowing graduates of unaccredited and unapproved schools to list an unaccredited degree on a résumé as long as they note the school's unaccredited status in the résumé.

Some degree mills blatantly offer to sell a degree and perhaps a transcript from a legitimate school. Others can be easily recognized by promising that an applicant can receive a degree in a very short period of time, sometimes as little as five days. Another type of degree mill will purport to look at an applicant’s life experience and award a degree based solely on a description of this experience. Others may require the student to submit papers or other assignments, but still will provide the degree in a short period of time with much less work than would be required by legitimate institutions.


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