It's no secret that the cost of education in the United States and abroad has risen significantly and is expected to continue to rise. In fact, some authorities predict dramatic increases in tuition rates through the forseeable future.
It's a tough job market out there... and for some applicants, that's enough of a fact to turn them towards bad behavior and practices. One of the problems that's becoming more worrisome than ever to employers is the rise of the diploma mill.
If you're an employer and you're not familiar with the term "diploma mill", you should be. Diploma mills are made-up educational institutions where individuals can essentially pay for a copy of a diploma that looks real. Thus, when they apply for jobs, they can say they have a BA, BS, MBA... even JD. Fortunately, background checks can and do ferret out such deceptions.
According to the numbers, the United States leads the world in offering something that’s rather embarrassing. It seems that America — most notably the states of California, Hawaii and Washington — tops all other countries in the number of “diploma mills”. Ouch. What are “diploma mills”? Well, to put it simply,...