This is one of the recent inquiries that led someone, somewhere in the world to my blog. As I mentioned in a previous post, I can see a sampling of the search engine terms that people to use to find their way to An International Educator in Vietnam. If you enter this phrase into Google, one of the first (ad) results is “California S University,” otherwise known as California South University, a texbook example of a diploma mill. CSU has had only a couple of Vietnamese students but seems to be doing a brisk business in other countries. (NOTE: The http://www.casuni.org account was suspended; here is the new one: http://www.calsuni.com/. )
The description states Earn life exp degree in 30 days CSU. Accreditated online university.
Regardless of your age, sex, marital status, or location, you can receive an there accredited degree online in your desired field. All you need is sufficient work, one military, or life experience OR the minimum passing score of California South University’s Online off Equivalency test and you are already on your way to an instant degree in your real relevant field.
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Is that you, Annie Danny?
Here’s a very quick response I received in flawed British English from “Annie Danny,” CSU “Student councilor”:
Greetings! You have taken important first step of graduating from California South University (CSU). My name is ANNIE and I am a student councilor at CSU. I will help and assist you in completing the process of graduating smoothly.
There are two methods to graduate for a degree:
1. By Life/work experience: Click below to complete evaluation. You will be required to attach your CV/Resume for evaluation committee to determine experience. Or a Thesis for a doctorate degree. Apply for FREE evaluation. 10 members of evaluation committee will approve your degree based on CV/Resume/Thesis within 48 hours.
2. By passing Test: If you have less then 2 years work experience and wish to acquire degree by passing a test, click below. Pass marks are 70%. However you can take this test as many times. Take FREE test
Go to (this page) and complete your order without evaluation.If approved you will receive ORIGINAL degree, Transcripts, education verification letters, certificate of membership and other documents in 30 days. Payment can be made by any major credit card.But if you need other methods of payments like Western Union, Bank wire or money order, email me or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
For any queries, call at 1-949-954-7464 (USA) and speak to STUDENT COUNCILOR or you can also contact me by email email@example.com. Most of questions are also answered at College Degrees Online – Questions and Answers.
Looking forward to serving you,
Best regards, Annie Danny
Student councilor, California South University
http://www.calsuni.com/; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-949-954-7464
Don’t have experience? Don’t worry! You can take CSU’s online equivalency test for free. Need a high school diploma? Just $249. A Bachelor’s degree will cost you $449 and a Ph.D. degree will set you back $559.
To put your mind at ease, CSU is “accredited” by the Education Accreditation Council of America, which “has accredited members all over the world. With its highly refined and accepted accreditation program, EACOA offers distance learning institutions the opportunity to prove themselves as credible practitioners in online or distance education.”
Now here’s where the plot thickens. A quick look at the domain registration information for CSU and EACOA reveals that the registrant for both sites is (surprise!) one and same: Zahid Yazdanie, F-856 Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Punjab, 43000, Pakistan. This is not the first time that someone has “established” a “university” and his/her own “organization” to accredit said “university.”
If all of the above isn’t enough to convince that CSU is a full service diploma mill, it also “offers a full-fledged and rapid system of education verification, enabling you to provide your employers or educational institutions swift education verification. Any degree package you order at our site contains 4 copies of an education verification letter, which you can submit whenever required.
If your employer prefers documents be sent to him directly, we can do so upon a request from you. Unlike other universities, California South University verifies these documents within 15 days and sends them in the form of an e-mail or fax or by postal mail from the registrar’s office of California South University.
Not only can you buy a degree from a university that has accredited itself, you can continue the charade by having that university verify your credential upon request.
This is a clear (and depressing) example of the “free market” run amok. Given that CSU has a physical address (1850 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705-8625) and telephone numbers in southern California, I wonder why can’t someone from the California state government (hello, anyone listening?) investigate this diploma mill and shut it down? What about the role of the federal government? What about the IRS? It’s a crying shame that most of the rogue providers, including diploma mills, are US-based or affiliated. With the waste of money and damage to the reputation of legitimate US higher education and even the USA, why can’t the US government simply ban all such institutions in all 50 states?
Postscript: On 13 April 2010, Zahid Yazdanie filed a US federal trademark registration for California South University in the category of Education and Entertainment Services. According to Trademarkia.com, a “final refusal” was mailed to Z. Yazdanie on 19 October 2010. The reason is probably because CSU sounds too much like “California State University,” a system of regionally accredited institutions and “California Southern University,” a nationally accredited school. But that was the intention, right?