Tuesday, January 25, 2005

More on Diploma Mills...New Year's Resolution #9

Found this on the University Diaries blog, quoted from the student newspaper at Wash U.:

"9. Buy your Ph.D. from a bogus diploma mill Here are your options. (1) Remain in school for another grueling decade, slavishly writing your pathetic doctoral dissertation while working a part-time job at Applebee's. (2) Pay a measly $3,600 for a Ph.D. from prestigious Hamilton University, where you can work at a leisurely pace in one of their "self-based external programs." All you need is the money, the time to take online courses and a 2,000-word thesis. Plenty of diploma mills, or "correspondence schools," exist, ranging from Hamilton, a converted Motel 6 in Wyoming, to Adam Smith University, which operates out of a hostel in Monrovia, Liberia, to Stanford University (of Arkansas). Sure, many of these institutes of higher learning have been discredited as fraudulent, but hey, if you can pull the wool over the eyes of some corporate interviewer using a degree you purchased for three months' pay at Blockbuster Video, what's stopping you? Earn your Ph.D. in 2005!"

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