Beware of offers of quick and easy degrees! Parents and students should be
aware that there are companies doing business that claim to be
institutions of higher education, but in reality are nothing more
than fraudulent diploma mills.
What is a diploma mill?
Webster’s Third International Dictionary defines a diploma mill as
"An institution of higher education operating without supervision of
a state or professional agency and granting diplomas which are
either fraudulent or, because of lack of proper standards,
worthless". Diploma mills (also known as degree mills) award
academic degrees and diplomas with very little or no academic study.
Such organizations are unaccredited, but they often claim
accreditation by non-recognized / unapproved organizations set up
for the purpose of providing a veneer of authenticity.
Who do diploma mills hurt?
– With a degree from a non-accredited institution, the student may not
qualify for certification in their chosen field.
Parents – The monetary investment you make in your child’s future may prove to be money
down the drain if your child does not receive the education and
training you expected and cannot get a job with the degree they receive.
Businesses – The businesses and economy of Alabama are hurt when people are
hired who use fake, fraudulent degrees to qualify for employment. Check before hiring!
How do I recognize a diploma mill?