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  HS Students Bust Principal's Fake Degree
Posted by: Martin Eisenstadt - 04-06-2017, 06:37 AM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - No Replies

High school kids doing the administrators' jobs.  Corllins University??  Sounds legit!  Seems like the old cow picked up a little taqiyya whilst visiting Dubai.

Quote:$93K fraud: Amy Robertson Pittsburg Kansas High school principal resigns after credentials exposed

By Christopher Koulouris -  
April 5, 2017

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Amy Robertson Pittsburg Kansas High school principal

Amy Robertson Pittsburg Kansas High school principal: How an educator came to be caught out with fraudulent credentials with a starting salary of $93K.

Amy Robertson a Kansas High school principal has resigned after a high school journalist dug into their school’s new principal’s credentials.

It wasn’t upon being found out that the teacher, who had recently being hired on a starting $93 000 salary at Pittsburg High School was forced to resign. The educator reported the Topeka Capital Journal had been slated to start in August. 

‘She was going to be the head of our school,’ Trina Paul, a senior and an editor of the Pittsburg High School’s newspaper, Booster Redux, told The Kansas City Star. ‘We wanted to be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials.’

Adding, ‘We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.’

After a search online, the students found articles that the Dubai’s education authority suspended Robertson’s clearance to teach at Dubai American Scientific School; they accused her of not being authorized to be a principal. Robertson had lived in Dubai on and off for 19 years.

‘That raised a red flag,’ told Maddie Baden, a 17-year-old junior at the school. ‘If students could uncover this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t find this.’

Intrigued, student journalists at the school’s newspaper, a team of six students — five juniors and one senior, turned up the switch to only now come up with even more inconsistencies.

Come Friday, the Booster Redux published a story that questioned the legitimacy of Robertson’s degrees. She had apparently received her masters and doctorate from Corllins University.

But there was a problem, research failed to find evidence the university even existing.

Instead, research found that Corllins was a diploma mill, where one is able to buy a degree. Furthermore, its website does not have any actual information.

The Better Business Bureau’s website says Corllins’ physical address is unknown and the school isn’t a BBB-accredited institution.

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Pictured, Amy Robertson Pittsburg Kansas High school principal

In turn Robertson denied her degrees were illegitimate, arguing that she’d attended Corllins before it lost accreditation.

In an email to The Star, the ‘educator’ wrote, ‘The current status of Corllins University is not relevant because when I received my MA in 1994 and my PhD in 2010, there was no issue … All three of my degrees have been authenticated by the US government.’

Adding, ‘I have no comment in response to the questions posed by PHS students regarding my credentials because their concerns are not based on facts’.

But come Tuesday, Pittsburg Community Schools Board of Education President Al Mendez announced Robertson’s resignation.

‘In light of the issues that arose, Dr. Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position,’ Superintendent Destry Brown said in a statement. ‘The Board has agreed to accept her resignation.’

The board previously approved of Robertson’s hiring on March 6. At the time, Superintendent Destry Brown approved, with Brown saying he felt responsible for what happened.

‘As superintendent, I feel like I let the teachers and the students down. I publicly admit that,’ he said.

Brown went on to concede that the district would probably be making changes to its vetting process. How or why the vetting process existed in its current format is yet to be necessarily understood….

Emily Smith, the high school’s journalism adviser, said she was proud of the students.

Told Smith, ‘They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired. They worked very hard to uncover the truth.’

Robertson is currently working in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Washington Post, Robertson said she most recently worked as the chief executive of an education consulting firm known as Atticus I S Consultants there. Or did she?

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Amy Robertson Pittsburg Kansas High school principal. Pictured the school the educator had been slated to begin her $93K post at in August.

 

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  Taxpayers losing BILLIONS to Ivy League tax breaks
Posted by: Herbert Spencer - 04-01-2017, 02:06 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

Quote:REPORT: Taxpayers losing BILLIONS to Ivy League tax breaks

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Adam Sabes
Mississippi Campus Correspondent
Mar 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM EDT

* A new report reveals that Ivy League universities are raking in billions in tax breaks on their endowments, bolstering those Republicans pushing to end the free ride.

* Between FY2011 and FY2015, the 8 Ivy League schools cost federal taxpayers $41.59 billion, including $9.6 billion in tax exemptions on investment income from their $119 billion in endowments.

* Some Republicans, including President Trump and Rep. Tom Reed, have called for curtailing or eliminating tax exemptions for universities with $1 billion+ endowments.
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A new report reveals that Ivy League universities are raking in billions in tax breaks on their endowments, bolstering those Republicans pushing to end the free ride.

In a report released Wednesday called Ivy League Inc., government watchdog group OpenTheBooks reports that the combined endowments of the eight Ivy League universities amounted to $119 billion in 2015, enough to provide every undergraduate students with a full-ride scholarship for the next 51 years without adding a single cent from donations or investment income.

As non-profit educational institutions, of course, the Ivy League schools are not required to pay taxes on income from their endowments, amounting to “a $9.6 billion tax break on the $27.3 billion growth of their endowment funds” between FY2011 and FY2015.

In addition, the Ivy League received $25.73 billion in federal payments over the same period, resulting in a total cost to federal taxpayers of $41.59 billion over the course of just six years.
Significantly, the report indicates that the eight colleges in the Ivy League “received more money ($4.31 billion)–on average–annually from the federal government than [did] sixteen states.”

Some Republicans had begun to express disgust with this state of affairs even before the latest report, fueling speculation that the tax breaks will be among the items addressed by Congress as part of a larger tax reform package.

On the campaign trail, even Donald Trump took a rhetorical swing at the entitlements, according to Politico.

"What a lot of people don’t know is that universities get massive tax breaks for their massive endowments," Trump told supporters at a Pennsylvania rally. “These huge, multi-billion-dollar endowments are tax-free, but too many of these universities don’t use the money to help with the tuition and student debt.”

Those sentiments have been forcefully championed by Republican Rep. Tom Reed, who served on the Trump transition team, and whose office released an exhaustive blueprint last year for reforming higher education.

A hallmark of his efforts has been the Reducing Excessive Debt and Unfair Costs of Education (REDUCE) Act, which would require universities with endowments larger than $1 billion to spend at least 25 percent of their investment gains on tuition relief for students with financial needs.

Schools that fail to meet that requirement would have an immediate 30 percent tax imposed on their investment income, which could rise to 100 percent with continued violations.

Campus Reform has reached out to Reed’s office for information on the current status of the REDUCE Act, as well as a prognosis as to whether it will be included in broader tax reform efforts, and is currently awaiting a response.

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  Online Ed = Disruptive Innovation
Posted by: Dr Winston O'Boogie - 03-27-2017, 07:48 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

The bubble is about to burst.  The loathsome higher ed cartel will soon be obsolete.  And it's their own fault.  That is why they fear online education and its advocates.

Quote:BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS
Is online college about to skyrocket?
Laura Hollis sees perfect storm set to spark 'disruptive innovation' in higher education

Published: 03/16/2017 at 7:23 PM

Laura Hollis

A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not have only two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business degree programs that offer a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in one package.

This is something of a trend: whittling down graduate school requirements or fusing them with undergraduate programs to reduce the amount of time spent in school.

But graduate school courses are narrowly targeted for specific career preparation. As such, they are harder to eliminate and easier to justify. What is becoming increasingly difficult to justify is what passes for undergraduate education and the skyrocketing costs associated with it. There, higher education is ripe for disruption.

Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author Clayton Christensen made the term “disruptive innovation” a household word. But many still misunderstand the concept. An innovation is poised to disrupt when it hits at the confluence of technological advancement and widespread public dissatisfaction with the pre-existing business model. For example, digital audiotape made it possible to copy songs without degrading the sound quality. MP3 file formats and the Internet made it possible to widely share those copies. Peer-to-peer file-sharing pioneer Napster was disruptive not just because of those technologies, but also because of the artistic community’s and the consuming public’s shared loathing of the music industry’s business practices.

Higher ed is in the middle of just such a perfect storm.

What threatens to disrupt the traditional business model of a four-year college education? Online education.

True, if you asked any student admitted to a top-tier college or university over the past few years whether they considered an online undergraduate program, their answer would almost inevitably have been “no.” But that is typical of disruptive innovations, the initial quality of which is perceived to be poor and thus not widely accepted by mainstream customers. And yet, later iterations improve; perceptions change; and, as they do, products move upmarket.

I’ve watched for more than two decades as online education has morphed from being an option of last resort to entire programs offered online at respected research institutions. Stanford was among the first to offer a massively open online course and now offers several hundred online courses. Ohio State, Penn State and Arizona State universities offer nationally ranked, completely online bachelor’s degrees. The University of Illinois, among others, has an online MBA program.

What about the second prong? Is there widespread public dissatisfaction with college education today?

Just look at the headlines.

In recent weeks, riots broke out at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Middlebury College. Students, faculty and administrators routinely curb freedom of speech, association and other constitutional liberties of those holding views with which they disagree. There has been a proliferation of courses – and policies – founded on questionable concepts like “privilege” and “cultural appropriation.” Across the country there are calls for “trigger warnings” or the elimination of course content that “offends,” for the creation of “safe spaces,” or even complete racial segregation. Complaints of faculty bias – in teaching and in hiring – are rampant. The general public has been horrified to hear about courses offering demonstrations of sex toys, a professor sidelining as a phone-sex dominatrix and multiple sexual-misconduct scandals, among others.

Outside of class, students today must navigate the “hookup culture,” the “campus rape culture” hysteria and the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter from then-President Obama’s Department of Education, resulting in widespread denial of due process for (usually male) students accused of sexual assault (resulting in dozens of successful lawsuits against colleges and universities).

Parents, educators and government officials alike are concerned about alcohol and substance abuse on campus. (According to one online addiction resource, those attending college full-time are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those not enrolled in college.) Throw in some hazing in the campus Greek systems, and it’s a truly toxic mix.

The clincher? Skyrocketing tuition, which has increased more than 1,100 percent since 1978, double that of medical expenses. (The average cost of one year at a private college or university is now nearly $50,000. Columbia University is now over $70,000 a year.) Most students finance their educations with debt. Many don’t repay; 1.1 million Americans defaulted on their student loans in 2016.

Is it any wonder that people are exploring alternatives like two-year colleges (either as stand-alone degrees or less expensive gateways to finishing at four year-institutions), certificate programs, vocational schools and – yes – online programs?

Higher education is in a bubble, and bubbles burst. Will it be as bad as the housing meltdown and financial collapse 2008-09? That’s hard to say. Mega-banks aren’t bundling and selling worthless college degrees; those losses are left to fall on individual families and graduates – many of whom are saddled with debt that will impede their ability to build wealth for decades – and perhaps for their entire lives.

The business model of higher education needs to change, for the sake of our future graduates as well as our own survival. As history has shown, either you anticipate the disruption or you are made obsolete by it.

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  The War On Cold Fusion
Posted by: The Bison - 03-21-2017, 02:38 PM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (1)

https://youtu.be/htgV7fNO-2k

How the Peer-Review system stiffed scientific research...

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  Say RA Harvard Stole $100K Funds from Disabled, Spent it on Sex Toys
Posted by: Harrison J Bounel - 03-02-2017, 07:36 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

Quote:Harvard Officials Accused of Stealing $100K of Funds Meant for the Disabled, Spent it on Sex Toys

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by Warner Todd Huston 1 Mar 2017  Boston, MA

Two administrators at Harvard University have been accused of embezzling $110,000 of funding earmarked for disabled students, allegedly spending the money on cell phones, computers, and even sex toys.

School administrators Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors both quit their jobs after being confronted by police over the missing funds, The Daily Mail reported.

Saylors, who worked in the Dean of Students’ office, allegedly bought tablets, i-Pods, computers, phones, and electronic sex toys, reports say.

For her part, DeMarco, who was the Harvard Law School’s Director of Student Affairs until 2013, was confronted about the theft at her new job at Babson College.

DeMarco, 33, admitted to “making mistakes” in the job.

“I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation,” she told CBS affiliate WBZ TV.

Officials accuse DeMarco of using a school mobile card reader to transfer money into her personal account and then altering records to cover her tracks. She also bought a large amount of electronic items, investigators said. Police subpoenaed Apple Corp. and discovered items had been shipped to DeMarco’s home.

Harvard announced a change in procedure after the reports.

“As a result of this matter, the Law School implemented additional layers of controls governing the use of its credit accounts and purchasing protocols,” the school said in a statement.

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  ACE are Assholes
Posted by: Ben Johnson - 02-17-2017, 09:36 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - Replies (2)

The American Council on Education are a bunch of assholes.   Kaplan  University had a free course LRC 100 (Prior Learning Assessment) reviewed by ACE and it was deemed worthy of 3 credits.  Hundreds , if not thousands, of students took the course in good faith, met the standard asked, and had the course placed on their ACE transcript.  After the fact, the half-whit cocksuckers at ACE removed the completed credit from every students transcript.  You don't see such a bad faith action very often.

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  So-called degree mill operator published some books
Posted by: Jambo - 02-10-2017, 11:56 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - Replies (3)

I still remember all those "nice" folks who decided to discredit my person and motives and posted lies on degreediscussion.com. Among other  things, they claimed I was operating a degree mill called "International Faith Theological Seminary" in Africa and held fake degree documents.

That "degree mill owner" has now retired from work, the school network still exists and is now run by native suiccessors that the "degree mill owner" had trained over the years for this position. BTW, he is no longer (and never has been) the "owner"; instead, he is one of the co-founders and held the office of President of the school network that in the end had branches in 8 different nations across continents and must have been quite successful to some extent.

The "degree mill owner" has a couple of publicatiioins to his credit; the most recent ones which are here:

http://prnt.sc/e6s2v0

These are editions of Biblical texts in the original Biblical languages intended for students and pastors in developing nations who have difficulties to access such resources.

I will continue to work on resources that I can make available to students in need.

I bet being such a "degree mill owner" means doing a good and useful job. Regardless of what all those liars and lösers on degreediscussion.com might say.

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  RA Perv Dean Busted for Kid Porn
Posted by: Don Dresden - 01-31-2017, 07:53 PM - Forum: Chip White - Replies (1)

I wonder what Chip's gay boy porn peddler alias is??

Quote:Washington University dean of students indicted on child pornography charge
By Robert Patrick and Ashley Jost St. Louis Post-Dispatch
11 hrs ago

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Justin Carroll, dean of students and interim athletic director at Washington University, was indicted on a federal child pornography charge. He announced his retirement, effective Feb. 1, from the university earlier this month after 36 years. (Photo courtesy of Washington University)


ST. LOUIS • A Washington University official whose retirement for “personal reasons” was announced this month has been indicted on a federal child pornography charge.

Justin X. Carroll, the university’s dean of students and interim athletic director after a 36-year tenure at the university, was indicted on a charge of access with intent to view child pornography.

Federal investigators tracking a group of people sharing child pornography online identified Carroll as one of the participants by tracing internet protocol addresses to computers at Washington University and Carroll’s home in University City, according to prosecutors. The indictment covers activity between November 2015 and December 2016.

The indictment lists an alias of “MOperv” for Carroll, and says that he was caught with videos that featured prepubescent boys.

Authorities said the investigation did not find any wrongdoing involving Carroll’s university responsibilities or students. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Washington University cooperated with the investigation.

Carroll, 67, of the 500 block of North and South Road, appeared before a federal judge Monday morning wearing a North Face jacket, khakis and loafers, and shackled at the ankles and wrists. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Bodenhausen set bail at $100,000. Carroll, who had turned himself in to authorities, was expected to be released after posting 10 percent of that figure.

He told Bodenhausen that his last day at work was in December, but he is currently still on the payroll, apparently using accumulated vacation time. Officials said the university was notified Dec. 20 about the investigation, and he was put on leave and banned from campus immediately.

University spokeswoman Jill Friedman called the circumstances “devastating and shocking.”
“While our investigation is ongoing, at this point, we have no reason to believe that Mr. Carroll had inappropriate interactions with any member of the university community or any participant in university programs,” the school said in a statement Monday.

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  Cincy Bust for Axact DipMiller Umair Hamid
Posted by: Yancy Derringer - 01-03-2017, 10:04 PM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (3)

Quote:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Executive Of Axact In $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, [et al], announced today the filing of a criminal Complaint charging UMAIR HAMID, a/k/a “Shah Khan,” a/k/a the “Shah,” with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a worldwide “diploma mill” scheme that collected at least approximately $140 million from tens of thousands of consumers.  As alleged, HAMID and his co-conspirators made false and fraudulent representations to consumers on websites and over the phone to trick them into enrolling in purported colleges and high schools, and issued fake diplomas upon receipt of upfront fees from consumers.  HAMID was arrested on December 19, 2016, and was presented yesterday in federal court in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. . . .


.pdf   HamidComplaint.pdf (Size: 1.38 MB / Downloads: 8)

Actually not quite Cincinnati, but just south thereof in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.  As discussed in further detail in the complaint (attached) the “suspect” flew all the way from Pakistan, to Dubai, to New York, to DC, and then to that hotbed of glamour, excitement and intrigue, the Queen City itself, Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Was Hamid just trying to find out if it’s true what they say, that it’s round on the end and high in the middle?  (O-hi-O)  

After reading the complaint the motive is clear:  the mysterious “cooperating witness” (referred to as “CW”) had sold Almeda University to Hamid for …… (Dr. Evil voice) one million dollars!  Hamid was opening a bank account for “Globemia Inc.” to facilitate fund transfers from his newly acquired business.  

Looking at the map, we can see that Fort Mitchell is about half way between Covington, KY (just across the river from Cincinnati) and Erlanger, KY.  Do we know anyone from Erlanger?  Not saying any of this concerns any such person, but seems like an odd co-inky-dink that of all the magnificent metropolises in the US of A within which to open a bank account, Hamid would pick the one right down the road from our favorite non-traditional non-substantive education promoter.

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  Castro Dead! Take A Bow, Gus!
Posted by: Martin Eisenstadt - 11-26-2016, 06:14 PM - Forum: Gus Sainz - Replies (11)

Quote:There were also significant contributions to the investigation and prosecution by Gus Sainz and his team at Degreediscussion.com.

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The scum sucking bastard is dead!  (Castro that is, not Gus).  Take a bow, Alfalfa.  Fire up the burners in Hell!

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