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    Are less-than-wonderful degrees still a problem in higher education?

    It appears so.

    The thread about the high school reporters catching their principal with a phony degree got me thinking about the prevalence of fake or otherwise suspect degrees in academia. I used to search for these things just for sport, and it always shocked me at how easy it was to find people at legitimately accredited schools with less-than-wonderful credentials.

    I decided to take a look tonight, and while it doesn’t seem to be as prevalent as it once was (or maybe my Google skills have atrophied), but it was still fairly easy to reel-in a bunch of fish;

    Belford University - https://duke-jjnurseleadership.duhs....fery-j.-mcneil

    Belford University - https://www.southwesterncc.edu/direc...hia-m-brantley

    Belford University (David Teets) - Faculty - Blue Ridge Community and Technical College - Acalog ACMS

    Belford University (Kitty Koepping) - Directory: Part-Time Faculty - Hagerstown Community College - Acalog ACMS

    Rochville University - https://webapps.utrgv.edu/aa/dm/inde...r=frank.ambriz

    Rochville University - Justin Lerfald

    Rochville University (Charlotte A. Garrabrant – Nursing ) - Faculty and Administration - Joliet Junior College - Acalog ACMS

    Rochville University (Michael Hiltbrunner, hilariously an Ethics teacher ) - Directory - Mount Carmel College of Nursing - Acalog ACMS

    Those were just based on simple searching for the names of 2 LTW schools, and took about 15 minutes.
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    B.A. (Criminal Justice) Curry College
    M.A. (Criminal Justice) University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    M.A. (Forensic & Counseling Psychology) Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
    Certificate (Investigative Psychology) CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    MOOC's
    Certificate (Disability Awareness and Support in Higher Education) University of Pittsburgh
    Certificate (International Criminal Law) Case Western Reserve University
    Certificate (Psychology of Criminal Justice) University of Queensland
    Certificate (Classical Sociological Theory) University of Amsterdam



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    Probably a problem everywhere. Due diligence is so long overdue as to be classified as MIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decimon View Post
    Probably a problem everywhere. Due diligence is so long overdue as to be classified as MIA.
    Definitely.

    I've taught/teach at both RA and NA schools, and all of them did the right thing in requiring official transcripts sent directly from the school for all of my degrees.

    I know some crooked places will mail "transcripts", but you have to wonder what some places are thinking when they just take people's word for it about having a degree(s).
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    A.S. (Criminal Justice) Quincy College
    B.A. (Criminal Justice) Curry College
    M.A. (Criminal Justice) University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    M.A. (Forensic & Counseling Psychology) Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
    Certificate (Investigative Psychology) CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    MOOC's
    Certificate (Disability Awareness and Support in Higher Education) University of Pittsburgh
    Certificate (International Criminal Law) Case Western Reserve University
    Certificate (Psychology of Criminal Justice) University of Queensland
    Certificate (Classical Sociological Theory) University of Amsterdam



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    I've taught/teach at both RA and NA schools, and all of them did the right thing in requiring official transcripts sent directly from the school for all of my degrees.

    That's good to see as I descend into my COB(Cynical Old Bastard) phase of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce
    I decided to take a look tonight, and while it doesn’t seem to be as prevalent as it once was ...
    I think it might well be, Bruce. The sport, as you aptly call it, has changed a bit. Unfortunately, there are 'way more "schools" to check, these days. And most of the grads of the past crop of mills have been outed & rousted etc. New phonies have taken their place. Once one set of names is exposed a new one takes its place. I doubt there are many St. Regis grads to be found on RA ground any more -- but back in the day...

    You tried with two of the oldest and best-known "schools" of the Axact (Pakistan) chain. Nowadays, they've created about 350 bogus universities, high schools and accreditors. And there are plenty of phony schools that have nothing to do with Axact. I've seen the "grads" pop up just about everywhere. Some years ago, Dr. Steve Levicoff reported in foro that he'd been considering signing up for a distance program at the local University I attended, here in Canada. He canned the idea when he found one of the instructors had a bogus degree. And yes, I've found them - on my own - at major RA US universities. There's a life-cycle to these things. Once one set of names is exposed and people are "outed" - a new one takes its place. I doubt there are many St. Regis grads to be found on RA ground any more -- but back in the day...

    There's just no end to it. Only the "University" names change. ...Oh, so many names! I notice we saw a High School principal with a Corllins "degree" exposed by student journalists, last week. Wow! That's the first Corllins exposure I've seen for a long time. Corllins is another Axact school, several years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    Some years ago, Dr. Steve Levicoff reported in foro that he'd been considering signing up for a distance program at the local University I attended, here in Canada. He canned the idea when he found one of the instructors had a bogus degree...
    I WAS WRONG! NOT AN INSTRUCTOR! A TEXTBOOK AUTHOR! Holy Moly! That was a long time ago! Years before my time on DI! I looked it up and tried reading for comprehension this time.

    It's here, from 2003. The "bogus" degree in question was from California Pacific U. That school was never accredited and closed amid litigation around 2002, IIRC. Wishes and More Wishes

    My apology to Dr. Levicoff for mis-stating the facts and to everyone if I have bored you with all this old, old stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann
    The "bogus" degree in question was from California Pacific U. That school was never accredited and closed amid litigation around 2002, IIRC.
    No - that was Columbia Pacific that closed amid litigation, etc. California Pacific survived until around 2015 - no litigation I know of, but it was sold and the new owner received a citation from BPPE prior to the school's closing - and a fine.

    I think that textbook author Dr. Steve encountered likely had his doctorate from Columbia Pacific. California Pacific was a long-standing, legal -unaccredited school that taught solely business degrees. Columbia Pacific, never accredited, close amid litigation around 2002, IIRC. It's likely the school in question, as it conferred Psychology Doctorates and Cal Pacific never offered Psych degrees of any kind.

    All done, now (I hope).

    J.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    I WAS WRONG! NOT AN INSTRUCTOR! A TEXTBOOK AUTHOR! Holy Moly! That was a long time ago! Years before my time on DI! I looked it up and tried reading for comprehension this time.

    It's here, from 2003. The "bogus" degree in question was from California Pacific U. That school was never accredited and closed amid litigation around 2002, IIRC. Wishes and More Wishes

    My apology to Dr. Levicoff for mis-stating the facts and to everyone if I have bored you with all this old, old stuff.

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    Sadly it appears he's been very successful over the years. He also holds a real accredited D.Bag. I thought this website was a satire page making fun of him, nope, it's real. Read the FAQ's and listen to him explain away his fake degree, it's hilarious.

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    From recent article, linked on DI today, co-authored by Police Detective Nick Selby and Dr. John Bear:

    "Every year in the United States, universities award 45,000 legitimate doctorates, and another estimated 50,000 people buy themselves fake Ph.D.s."

    As long as fake doctorates outnumber real ones, we're not exactly winning the war, are we?

    J.

    PS. Full article here: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/c...pot-animposter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann
    I WAS WRONG! NOT AN INSTRUCTOR! A TEXTBOOK AUTHOR!
    No - I was right. According to Dr. Levicoff's account, the author was also the course instructor. I'm getting paranoid about making errors, in my old age. Lighten up, Johann!

    J.

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    These searches can easily be performed on LinkedIn as well.

    I logged into LinkedIn, entered "Belford Univerisity" (quotations included), and it yielded 1,482 hits under 'People'.

    A search for "Rochville University" yielded 1,273 hits.

    And since "Corllins University" has been in the news, I took a look there as well: 782 hits.

    Oh, and just for fun I searched "Saint Regis University ", 23 hits, and "St. Regis University ", 54 hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b4cz28
    Sadly it appears he's been very successful over the years.
    I'm not sure it's all that sad that Peter Sacco has succeeded, for two reasons:

    (1) Columbia Pacific degrees were always unaccredited - but at least they 100% legally granted - up to 1997, I think. Author John Gray (Men are from Mars, etc.) earned a Ph.D. from here, as did his ex-Mrs, Barbara DeAngelis, who also wrote relationship books. Columbia Pacific was a better (though unaccredited) school in its earlier years than in its latest years, which culminated in the litigation that closed it.

    (2) Sacco has done work in a few important fields - from battered women to bullying. Hopefully he's done some good. He's also provided some legit TV entertainment - never a bad thing.

    And come to think of it, he's also earned legitimate degrees to compensate for the shortcomings of the Columbia Pacific thing, so I'll cut him some slack. 13 years after Dr. Levicoff's post, he continues to teach at both McMaster University (which I attended) and Niagara University, across the border in NY State. He also started the Criminal Psychology program at my other alma mater, Niagara College. His website states that he received the excellence in teaching award at McMaster U., after 3 previous nominations. So he must be doing something right. He obviously isn't hiding anything from McMaster or Niagara U.

    Yeah - he's a tireless self-promoter all right -- but not a parasite, as I see it. He's atoned insofar as one can, for his one "clinker" degree, and the gift of gab likely makes him a good teacher . The type of guy students could listen to all day. Maybe they'll learn something. Maybe I'll learn something from him. I might drift back to campus this fall and take a course from him. I could do worse, I'm sure...

    If you want to get a good look at his page, try this link: Peter Andrew Sacco - Author of Best Selling Books & Novels Some of those links given previously just gave me single jpeg images.

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    I absolutely love the positive outlook you have on the situation. He still uses Doctor in interview and TV shows though. At any point could you sit for licensure as a Psychologist with them in Cali?

    Nothing can make up for those pics................
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    Quote Originally Posted by b4cz28 View Post
    I absolutely love the positive outlook you have on the situation.
    I don't think you do. You're just being a bit sarcastic - which is perfectly OK. Fire away!

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    He still uses Doctor in interview and TV shows though. At any point could you sit for licensure as a Psychologist with them in Cali? ...
    No, absolutely not - at any time. And I'm sure he didn't even try, either. And you'll notice, I didn't call him "Doctor." I As long as he's not in a clinic, treating someone as a health professional that he isn't , I'll let the "doctor" bit go. But I have a thing about people who use the title "Doctor" based on an unaccredited degree, in a health-care setting - mental or physical. It's not good at any time, when people umm...use the term "Doctor" loosely. Sad - but not criminal, as long as the dubious "Doctor" is not doing stuff he's not authorized to, by means of other, proper qualifications.

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    To sum it up - the Universities and the College that employ him know all about the source of Sacco's doctorate, his good performance on the job and his other qualifications. Nobody's in the dark here and Sacco seems to be using his obvious gift of the gab for good purposes. I'll let it be.

    Wow, never expected to end up defending somebody that Dr. Levicoff had panned. He'll probably descend from his rig, flamethrower in hand. SSSSSSSSSSS! Yeowch!

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    Besides, how could you fire the guy who won the "Teaching Excellence" award - and was nominated for it at least four times? Careful, now! That might make you look silly!
    And after all, what's he teaching at McMaster? Non-degree, night classes. So...

    J.
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