Would it be possible for us to start a legitamate doctoral program

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by iamthere, Jan 31, 2013.

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  1. iamthere

    iamthere New Member

    in a foreign country that does not require accreditation. And be able to sue it to teach.
     
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    You could start one that is legal pretty easily, even in the U.S. But legal doesn't mean academically legitimate; that's something that would take time no matter what. And using it to teach? Only if the hiring person at the school doesn't know what he or she is doing.
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    It seems to me that it could be done but the first question that comes to mind is, "Why would anyone want to be a student there?" They would have a certificate/degree from a non-accredited organization that has no history or credibility and that no one has ever heard of before. I, for one, would never pay money to such an organization.
     
  4. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Oh, there are many organizations conducting operations in such places. It never has a happy ending.
     
  5. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    Possible, but not likely, unless you had the credentials to be able to establish the institution, staff it with qualified personnel and receive authorization from that country's ministry of education. As far as being able to use it to teach, your degree would likely need to be evaluated by a foreign degree evaluation service, such as WES or AACRAO's IES to be considered equivalent to an accredited U.S. degree. Unless you have time, money, resources, qualified colleagues and some influence, this would not be a viable way to go.
     
  6. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    So you want to establish your own unaccredited university so you can award yourself a doctorate and use it to teach? Hmm. :confused::nono::eek2::smashfreakB::laugh2::cool2:
     
  7. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    "sue" it to teach?
     
  8. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    Actually this can be done and has been a very effective model.** It is called a diploma mill.

    **-until you get caught for mail fraud, tax evasion or any of the other reasons why mills are shut down.
     
  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    He's not in the U.S., so tax evasion isn't an issue. And it's not mail fraud if the school is operating legally, for example with a religious exemption from oversight that many U.S. states offer. He could be set up in a week to do exactly this if he were so inclined. On the other hand, no one would recognize the degree for professional purposes, so he'd be right back where he started in practical terms.
     
  10. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    As has been said many times before, he may as well just print out a nice diploma on his home computer. It has equal value and is actually less expensive.:burnout:
     

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