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    Ultimale is offline Registered User
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    Is there anyway to verify a friend/coworkers Degree?

    This has come up many times over the years. Friends, coworkers, etc. claims to have graduated from some top tier school, yet they can't even recognize their name in printed form.

    Is there anyway for a layperson to verify if a person graduated from a school?

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    You could try something like this:
    http://www.tali.org

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    Why would you want to. If you're doing your job, what someone else's qualifications are should not be of concern to you.
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    We don't live in a bubble

    Having worked in the past in a sales environment, and having to listen endlessly to some JackA$$ about how smart he is, how much smarter he is then the rest of the sales force, etc. At some point, it would be nice to call these morons out. When someone acts like an authority on everything, yet they can't back anything up. The act gets old.

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    Re: Is there anyway to verify a friend/coworkers Degree?

    Originally posted by Ultimale
    This has come up many times over the years. Friends, coworkers, etc. claims to have graduated from some top tier school, yet they can't even recognize their name in printed form.

    Is there anyway for a layperson to verify if a person graduated from a school?
    Yes, and all it takes is a phone call to the registrar of the school in question. The registrar is allowed to answer yes or no to the question "Did you award such-and-such a degree to this particular individual?" without obtaining permission from the purported degree holder.

    Yes, I have done it, and yes, I did ask the registrars if they were allowed, in general, to answer such a question.

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    Another way is to see where they "Graduated" from, then check here. At my previous job, my immediate Manager had a Bachelor's in Engineering from Hamilton U. His boss had a Ph.D. from St. Regis U. They denied me tuition reimbursement to pursue an MBA from Heriot-Watt, claiming "....it's not a real school..." <er,hunh?>
    I don't work there any more. :D
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    Re: Re: Is there anyway to verify a friend/coworkers Degree?

    Originally posted by galanga
    Yes, and all it takes is a phone call to the registrar of the school in question. The registrar is allowed to answer yes or no to the question "Did you award such-and-such a degree to this particular individual?" without obtaining permission from the purported degree holder.

    Yes, I have done it, and yes, I did ask the registrars if they were allowed, in general, to answer such a question.

    G
    Yes, such information is considered "directory information" under FERPA, and is not protected unless specifically requested by the student. (Few actually do.) They can tell you whether or not someone graduated, when, which degree, and in what major.

    Yes, I've done it, too.

    Some degree mills advertise confidentiality to their customers. I wonder why?

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    Re: Re: Re: Is there anyway to verify a friend/coworkers Degree?

    Originally posted by Rich Douglas


    Yes, such information is considered "directory information" under FERPA, and is not protected unless specifically requested by the student. (Few actually do.) They can tell you whether or not someone graduated, when, which degree, and in what major.

    I'm intrigued. You don't have to request in writing -- they'll just do it over the phone? Wouldn't they normally ask why you want the information (I would), or they just provide the information, no questions asked?

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    I will try this out today. I've always wondered about this.
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    Originally posted by plumbdog10
    Why would you want to. If you're doing your job, what someone else's qualifications are should not be of concern to you.
    Oh PUH-LEEZE! You've really struck a nerve with that one. Any number of people can do a specific job, but if the job calls for a degree, and the co-worker falsifies same, it is unfair to the whole organization. (not to mention the people who "played by the rules" in applying for the ill-gotten job). Bogus degree holders are not harmless little fuzzballs. They are liars who harm the reputations of companies/agencies and create a climate of distrust and low morale.

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Is there anyway to verify a friend/coworkers Degree?

    Originally posted by aarbrooks


    I'm intrigued. You don't have to request in writing -- they'll just do it over the phone? Wouldn't they normally ask why you want the information (I would), or they just provide the information, no questions asked?

    Cheers,
    Adrienne
    Not needed in writing.
    Yes, over the phone will do.
    No, they won't normally ask why you need it; they won't want to know. Remember, it's not private information, the information is public. Your motivations should not matter.

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Is there anyway to verify a friend/coworkers Degree?

    Originally posted by Rich Douglas


    Not needed in writing.
    Yes, over the phone will do.
    No, they won't normally ask why you need it; they won't want to know. Remember, it's not private information, the information is public. Your motivations should not matter.
    Cheers, Rich.

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    Make sure when you call the school that you have the name spelled correctly.

    Just like in the movie "Meet the Parents"

    Sometimes people use short name, for example Joe Wiseman

    Is actually Joseph Weissemann.
    ;)



    Some schools have the year book on their web site.

    I was able to locate a long lost friend on the University of Michigan web site, they have year book and search capability to locate graduates.



    Last edited by Lerner; 01-12-2005 at 09:16 AM.

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    You will possibly need their SSN. I called yesterday and the institution will tell you however they asked for the SSN.
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    yes, just call up the registrar / dean and all they can tell u that a person named did graduate. However how does one ensure that there have not been 2 persons with same name would require u to give more info for correct information..

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    I have verified quite a few degrees for UOP . I usually have to ask who is calling per company policy, but I wouldn't turn them down if they didn't verify who they were. Like Rich said, it's public information, as is:

    the student's name
    date and place of birth
    home address
    phone #
    photograph
    e-mail address
    dates of attendance
    dates of admission
    program of study
    degree completion dates
    types of degrees earned
    grade level (senior, junior, etc.)
    most recent previous institutions attended and degrees earned

    (taken from the FERPA quick reference guide)

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