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2016 Annual Conference

November 7–11, 2016

Albuquerque, NM

Strategies to Identify Online Diploma Mills and Reputable Colleges When Seeking Teaching Positions or Degrees

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM–11:15 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
Enchantment B (27)
Session Abstract
Distance education degrees for adults are increasing. However, despite new state laws, diploma mills are multiplying. Attendees will identify universities with legitimate accreditation, those legally allowed to confer degrees, and diploma mills. Savvy adults may then enhance their educational or teaching prospects through reputable providers of anytime anyplace learning.
Target Audience
Those seeking online teaching positions, future online students, graduate students, professors and higher education or student services professionals/managers who counsel adult learners in civilian and military settings will all benefit from this highly interactive session. Attendees will also receive a flash drive with the slide deck, free informational handouts and url website links to additional national and international resources, along with tips for locating legitimate online degree programs or teaching positions.
Session Description
Recently, many state laws have changed to enhance the inspection and/or application/review requirements that colleges and universities must meet in order to legally confer degrees. In many instances, degree providers must now hold legitimate accreditation from an accreditor that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Still other states require state-approved institutions to be a candidate for accreditation with a legitimate institutional accreditor then become accredited within a specified number of years or else cease operations. Since the use of diploma mill degrees is now illegal in more states than ever before, it is vital for prospective online professors, students and support providers alike to be able to identify the typical characteristics of substandard degree providers.

Primary Presenter

J. Bernard Bradley, PhD, GPC, American Council on Grant Writing

Additional Presenters: Enters In Order