Ahh, you run a meatball HR shop. It all makes sense now. You want to slap a quick validation on them and pass them further down the assembly line. No, what you're doing is probably the best course for what you do. For the rest of the HR world (I have 87 open reqs right now with an average of about 10-20 applicants per) we don't really have the desire to automate ourselves to that level. Hiring managers know what they need. An engineering manager who needs to hire a candidate with a PE qualifying degree knows the requirements for a PE license better than us (because that manager most likely ALSO has a PE license). Our job is to ensure that managers are not just hiring everyone from their two favorite schools. Why? Because we don't want managers passing up quality candidates just because they had the audacity to study engineering at Cornell rather than Clarkson University (a company favorite). Also, from an affirmative action standpoint, we need to ensure that managers are recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. That's a process we drive. You've given a lot of suggestions to me earlier in this post. Some were good. Others are creating a mountain out of a mole hill. I can count on one hand the number of applicants who walked in with unaccredited degrees in the past five years. They happen. Much more common is claiming an unearned degree (which gets caught in our current screening, flawed as it is). You're right, foreign degrees are fairly easy to research to determine if they are legitimate institutions. We accept any USDOE recognized accreditor as well as NYS registered programs (though, I'm not aware of there being an unaccredited but NYS registered program that awards degrees). But, our validation process doesn't really capture this information. We really don't need to change that because the majority of our applicants come from schools which are most certainly accredited and even the casual observer recognizes the school name. There are a few. And they are few, relative to the number of applicants we receive, who make us hit "the Google" to see if it's actually a thing (Florida and California Colleges often have the "fakest sounding" names, I find). Those few can be a pain to review but it isn't worth processing. Those 87 reqs are just mine. The other business partners have their own stack of work to get through. Maybe you personally have more. Maybe you have less. Maybe you have about the same but your shop likes to try to streamline stuff like this. Hard to say.