Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote about education agents in Vietnam for University World News (12 December 2014).  The original, and admittedly rather lengthy, title was Walking the Walk:  Ethical Business Practices in the Wild and Woolly World of Agency-Based Recruitment.  That's what editors are for, right? Follow this link to read … Continue reading Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment

“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

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)

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

In Vietnam, where cheating is a national pastime and ethical business practices are in dangerously short supply, the world of educational consulting is no exception.  EducationUSA fantasies notwithstanding, the reality is that most parents and students work with an education agent instead of applying directly to U.S. (and other foreign) colleges and universities, as in other … Continue reading Education Companies in Vietnam: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Part I)

Not What They Signed Up For

"The bittersweet fact is that America exports some of the world's best and worst higher education." (MAA)  When Albert Anarwat applied to the for-profit Aristotle University, in California, the Ghanaian student said he asked the university if the institution was accredited. Not only was he told yes, he said, but he also was told that … Continue reading Not What They Signed Up For

“how to buy a phd”

It's amazing how many people visit my blog in a vain attempt, no pun intended, to find out how to buy a degree, especially a Ph.D.   In addition to "how to buy a phd," other search engine terms include life experience phd, get a phd based on job experience, buying phd and buy university degrees.   Some want something for nothing, as … Continue reading “how to buy a phd”

“Unaccredited foreign universities to be fined”

No, not in the USA, unfortunately, but in Kenya.  This is a textbook example of how one country can learn from another in the finest tradition of comparative education in particular and comparative studies in general.  In this case, Kenya and the US have a teacher-student relationship.    Shut down the unaccredited education companies (or for-profit enterprises masquerading … Continue reading “Unaccredited foreign universities to be fined”