Journalism or Political Ax-Grinding?: Setting the Record Straight

My last post of 2014, a great year, in many respects.  Below I describe one online adventure that illustrates the status of the Internet as both a blessing and a curse.  The main lesson here?  Read everything with a critical eye, check the source and question the intent.  Pause and think before jumping on the … Continue reading Journalism or Political Ax-Grinding?: Setting the Record Straight

“American University”: (Yet) Another Tale from the Shadowy World of US-Based Rogue Providers

Strap on your seat belts!  Yes, dear readers and blog followers, here's yet another story about "university" that supports my statement, The US exports some of the world's best and worst higher education.  I know it's been a long time and that some of you are probably chomping at the bit waiting for another one … Continue reading “American University”: (Yet) Another Tale from the Shadowy World of US-Based Rogue Providers

Fraud Alert!

Sleazy:  dishonest or immoral; marked by low character or quality Synonyms:  skanky [slang], slatternly, sluttish, slutty, trampy Antonyms:  excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, good, high-grade, superior, top-notch Yes, dear reader, here's another story about a US institution of higher education that uses lies and deception as key tactics in its aggressive student recruitment strategy in Vietnam … Continue reading Fraud Alert!

Accreditation: When It Comes To Higher Education, Nothing Could Be More Relevant – Or Controversial

Good article by Jesse Nickles of CollegeTimes and not just because I'm quoted in it. MAA Accreditation. It’s a word that most college students have heard at some point, but that (unfortunately) very few actually comprehend on a meaningful level. And that is NOT a good thing. With greedy investors and corrupt congressmen aggressively turning … Continue reading Accreditation: When It Comes To Higher Education, Nothing Could Be More Relevant – Or Controversial

Notarization: The Trojan Horse Approach to Gaining Credibility for a Diploma Mill Diploma

No·ta·rize (nō′tə-rīz′): To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public. It’s often what one bureaucracy requires of another to prove that a document is authentic. This is one of the many fee-based services offered by embassies and consulates general in Vietnam. What if the document … Continue reading Notarization: The Trojan Horse Approach to Gaining Credibility for a Diploma Mill Diploma

Sự thật về các chương trình giáo dục Mỹ tại Việt Nam

This article, entitled "The Truth About American Education Programs in Vietnam" (Một Thế Giới, 23 April 2014), reflects the growing sophistication about US higher education as a service sector export.  As I am fond of saying, the US exports some of the world's best and worst higher education.  The term "officially accredited" covers a broad spectrum … Continue reading Sự thật về các chương trình giáo dục Mỹ tại Việt Nam

Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part II)

Note:  Follow this link to read the first post in this two-part series. Due Diligence Some advice to my foreign higher education colleagues:  don't trust any of the come-ons or be seduced by the slick lines in (sometimes) passable English that arrive in your inboxes on a regular basis.  Do your homework, check references, and find out who's really behind … Continue reading Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part II)