Diploma Mills: 9 Strategies for Tackling One of Higher Education’s Most Wicked Problems


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Here’s another excellent report from World Education Services about an important issue that receives too little attention in the US and global media.  This is an issue I have been writing and speaking about since my IIE-Viet Nam days.  In fact, it was one of my “signature issues” and one that I have continued to focus on from time to time.  (Explore my blog for more information.) 

The above quote is one I’ve used when talking about this issue.  It refers not only to diploma mills but to institutions that offer substandard education and training, and are basically money-making machines, regardless of whether they are for- or non-proft.  This includes nationally accreditation institutions, many of which are in accreditation “no man’s land,” since the dissolution of ACICS.  (Check out this 2016 BuzzFeed investigative report that was the beginning of the end for ACICS.)  As the above graphic points out, many are located in the US and in California, in particular.

Thankfully, this is less of an issue in Viet Nam ever since the government, through its Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), said it would no longer recognize degrees earned from unaccredited institutions, i.e., rogue providers, nor would it allow Vietnamese institutions to partner with these bottom-feeding institutions.  There is also much more awareness about the value of institutional and programmatic accreditation as a means of quality assurance and maintenance.