Zimbabwe's Fake Degree Problem

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Kizmet, May 1, 2017.

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  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, at this point they are. Part of the reason for that is that there have been no degree verification processes in these developing countries and so the mills have been able to operate unchecked. The tide is turning though and it is slowly, slowly becoming more difficult for them. They will never go away entirely but educating the public, enforcing the law and simply paying attention to this issue is part of the solution.
    Here's another example

    http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/385628-Karachi-University-exposes-128-fake-degree-holders
     
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  5. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    On LinkedIn many people in high positions have fake degrees. I am not endorsing fake degrees, but it looks like being open and transparent about it seems to make it okay.
     
  6. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    In a world where even many HR professionals don't understand the basics of university accreditation it is unrealistic to expect that the average person with a LinkedIn profile will recognize a milled degree when they see one. Ongoing public education, most often in the form of news articles regarding degree mills and fake degrre holders are a part of any long-term solution. So it's not that being open and transparent makes it OK, it's the ignorance of the readers that make it OK.
     
  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I read that about half the PhDs awarded each year to people in the US are fake. From what I see, the percentage may be increasing; i.e. the fakes are winning.

    J.
     
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