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A Cautionary Tail about Diploma Mills

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Rochville University has awarded a dog an M.B.A. Apparently this “diploma mill” of an online college received a check for $499 from Chester Ludlow — a pug — and sent in return a package containing a diploma and transcripts. Included as well were a certificate of distinction in finance for the pooch, and a letter documenting Chester’s participation in student council.

Here’s GetEducated.com’s video about the stunt, which they pulled to warn about the dangers of diploma mills (“Dog Earns Online MBA: A Cautionary Tail.”)

Are you thinking about getting your degree online? There are hundreds of reputable and worthwhile online institutions and hybrid schools (brick-and-mortar schools with an online presence), as well. Just be sure to do your homework before sending off your tuition fees. You don’t want to be stuck holding a diploma whose only value is lining the dog house!

If you are considering an online degree, be sure to check out some of our past posts on the subject, including:

Is an Online Degree Right for You?

Financial Aid for Online Degrees

To learn more, you can also research programs and colleges at the Online Degree Zone.

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