Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The College Fast Track

Seatle PI:

WASHINGTON -- At least 28 senior-level federal employees in eight agencies have bogus college degrees, including three managers at the office that oversees nuclear weapons safety, congressional investigators have found.

The problem is likely even bigger, mainly because the government has no uniform way to check whether employees' alma maters are "diploma mills" that require little, if any, academic work, the General Accounting Office reported.


Among those with bogus degrees in the GAO review were three workers with emergency operations roles and security clearances at the National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the Department of Energy.

One of those workers paid $5,000 for a master's degree from LaSalle University, an unaccredited school, the report said. He attended no classes, took no tests and told the GAO his degree was "a joke."

Other senior government employees with bogus degrees worked for the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Small Business Administration and the Office of Personnel Management.


Three unaccredited schools - Pacific Western University, California Coast University and Kennedy-Western University - provided data showing that 463 of their students were federal employees. Most of those listed were in the Department of Defense. The report did not name employees.

And we wonder why the Government doesn't seem to value education. I guess value is the wrong word; they value it very much, enough to pay up to $5000 for a degree. And here I am, like a sucker, spending two years actually earning a masters degree!


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