Some corners just shouldn’t be cut
Before the age of e-mail, getting a bogus college degree was as easy as looking on the back of a book of matches, or in the classifieds of a cheesy, get-rich-quick magazine.But now, it seems like nearly every time I open up my e-mail, I’m being invited to claim my very own university degree. “Obtain a prosperous future, money-earning power, and the prestige that comes with having the career position you’ve always dreamed of,” read a recent e-mail spammed to my address. I was invited to get “Diplomas from prestigious, non-accredited universities based on your present knowledge and professional experience.”OK. Back up. How do the words “prestigious” and “non-accredited” find themselves in the same sentence? And how can a piece of paper from some bogus institution give me money-earning power, prestige, and a career I’ve always dreamed of? Don’t I actually have to attain some knowledge first?I received another get-your-Ph.D.-in-four-minutes-flat notice recently that touted, “Only two weeks required. Achieve your bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or Ph.D.” How insulting is that? Do you mean to tell me that all those days and dollars I spent studying, being lectured to, attending office hours, reading and writing to get my bachelor’s can be whittled down to a mere two weeks based on my life experience? I’m all for life experiences, but don’t claim that they’re worth paying for a worthless piece of paper. Really. I guess these diploma mills are pretty profitable, judging from the number of e-mails I receive that advertise them. Do a search on the Internet, and you’ll find entire categories called “Buy Accredited College Degrees,” “Buy Fake College Degrees,” “College Degree Fast,” and oh, so many more. One site even sells fake transcripts to go with their fake diplomas. Imagine actually sending away for one of these babies, and then going to an interview and plunking down your old, bogus Harvard diploma. Imagine the yarn you’d had have to devise to back it up. It’s like saying you climbed Everest, when you stayed at base camp. So, here’s hoping that the doctor who performs your surgery, or the engineer who designed the building around you, did the hard work necessary to get their knowledge and skills – and didn’t just send away for a bogus piece of paper. Yikes.Carrie Click is the editor and general manager of The Citizen Telegram in Rifle (citizentelegram.com). Her college diploma is sitting in a file drawer in the back of her office. Reach Carrie at 625-3245, ext. 101, email@example.com.
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