A recently released audit report of Dickinson State University (DSU) in North Dakota describes the school as a “diploma mill” for foreign students that awarded hundreds of unearned degrees to students mostly from China who did not complete their course work while also enrolling students who did not have qualifying grades. The audit, which examined foreign students who have taken part in a special program since 2003 allowing them to earn degrees both from DSU and a university in their home country, is at: http://www.ndus.edu/uploads/reports/96/dsu-internal-review-ddj-final-draft1-020912.pdf. The audit of DSU found that of the 410 students who received degrees in the program, 400 of them were missing the requisite credits or course work and 375 – 91 percent – were awarded degrees from the summer semester of 2008 through the end of last year. The report claimed approximately 95 percent of the students in the dual-degree program were Chinese while the rest were Russian. Key findings of the DSU audit included:
- Only 10 of the 410 students who received degrees through the program completed all their course work and requirements.
- At least 15 foreign students were signed up for classes even though their grades were too low to qualify and had not achieved the “C” average normally required for admission.
- Out of 27 Chinese students enrolled this spring, 21 were unable to speak English at the required competency level.
- Some students did not have required documents such as English proficiency tests and bank statements.
- Some students may have fabricated course transcripts and Chinese university stamps that DSU officials accepted.
- DSU did not get “completion transcripts” from the home universities of many students but awarded them degrees anyway.