A Dubious Award for the United States – Diploma Mill Capital of the World

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, they are entities whose sole purpose is to issue fake diplomas and certificates to men and women.  These diplomas look authentic, but the institutes from which they come are about as real as gnomes and fairies.

So what is an employer to do?  Obviously, we recommend that every potential new hire be screened thoroughly — and that includes education verification.  If you haven’t heard of a school, there might be good reason.  It might not exist except on a website and piece of worthless paper.

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  • Kristina Taylor
    In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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