http://www.higher-edge.com/docs/nsf-3_32-20041110.pdf “Diploma Mills” In The Philippines The term “diploma mill” usually conjures up images of fake schools and degrees, but this is not simply the case in The Philippines. For President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a diploma mill is any institution that graduates students who fail national professional licensure examinations. These exams, administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), allow students to enter fields like medicine, accounting or law. According to the President, the lack of a regulatory board has resulted in schools producing “scores of inept graduates.” The only authority that deals with post-secondary education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), is only involved with “policy coordination” and does not enforce any regulations. President Arroyo said, “we will close down the schools with track record of students failing the exams.” It seems that this effort has already begun, as The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that 23 nursing institutions were recently closed, where only half of the students wrote the PRC exams. Source: “Arroyo orders closure of diploma mills,” Manila Bulletin, 19 August 2004; “Philippines Shuts Down 23 Nursing Schools as Substandard,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 November 2004.