Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to …Continue reading "Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Department of Education (ED) has upheld the ED staff and the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommendations that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) should no longer be recognized as an agency that can provide schools with an accreditation …Continue reading "Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An independent investigation by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Bellevue School District claims a Seattle-area high school football team used ineligible players, falsified addresses, and let players who could not qualify academically to play sports take classes at an alleged “diploma mill” with …Continue reading "Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Federal agents have arrested twenty-one recruiters and employers from across the United States for allegedly conspiring with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain foreign worker visas through a “pay to stay” scam uncovered by a fake diploma mill created by …Continue reading "Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The University of Iowa will join the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University and include a questionnaire for criminal background checks on all student applications as soon as the 2016 school year, according to a KIMT News 3 report.Continue reading "University of Iowa Adds Background Checks for Students"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The chief executive of a software company in Pakistan accused of running a global diploma mill that made millions selling worthless education degrees was arrested after Pakistani investigators discovered a storage room with blank fake diplomas, according to a report in The New York Times.Continue reading "Owner of Alleged Global Diploma Mill Arrested"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 3:00 PM ET to 4:15 PM ET. For more information, …Continue reading "Reference Checking and Education Verification Webinar on April 14"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A former research administrator at UC Berkeley who had a prior conviction for embezzlement allegedly stole “tens of thousands of dollars” from the university, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The full story is available at http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/UC-Berkeley-administrator-stole-thousands-5517119.php.Continue reading "Former UC Berkeley Administrator Allegedly Stole From School"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A Connecticut man is accused of running so-called “diploma mills” since as early as 2003 that sold $5 million worth of false college degrees around the world. A full report about the suspected diploma mills is available on the NBC Connecticut website at http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/cromwell-diploma-fraud-fake-education-degree-charges-255589041.html. (UPDATE: Connecticut Man Accused of Operating Diploma …Continue reading "Alleged Diploma Mills Sold $5 Million in Fake Degrees"
A University of Michigan policy change that became effective June 1, 2013 requires all job candidates to undergo pre-employment background checks that include education verifications, according to a story on AnnArbor.com available at http://www.annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-expands-background-check-policy-to-include-education-verification/.Continue reading "University of Michigan Requires Background Checks and Education Verifications for All Job Candidates"