Consumerist: Education Humps, Degree Mills Or Pure Business Outlets?

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‘In all fairness, in some countries those representing academia, have been pleased with that the abuse and misuse of public funds is finally being brought to light, but is it enough?

Despite the alarm bells ringing, with the expansion of big business education, high dropout rates, visa abuse, and warnings from within the sector, that despite international education, being abused nothing is being done to address this pervasive exploitation!’

Consumerist: Education Humps, Degree Mills Or Pure Business Outlets?

Were you aware, that fraud in international higher education, is a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion business?

That is huge business!

And that really, good effective cutting edge fraud, in international education is not visible but it is a pervasive problem in many developing and developed countries!

Some third world banana republic’s and others corrupt, in fact, have been facilitating these pervasive rip offs saying that there is a educational hump?

The licensing and setting up of these educational setups, which really does not provide quality effective education, that will equip and provide qualifications for jobs in the real world.

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And throwing in scholarships, and, other loans, as if this is all a tied in sale?

Loans that one cannot pay back if they have no jobs!

With retiring politicians and others, joining the said institutions, in its administration, its management with huge salaries and bourgeoisie titles!

And these practices are all over and it hits all aspects of international education, from admissions to immigration rules violations!

As such, I will define here, education or tertiary fraud very broadly.

It comes in many forms, from resume embellishment on one end, to a full-scale identity fraud on the high end!

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And certainly, the recipes in-between having plagiarism, purchased test scores, purchased transcripts, purchased degrees, fake immigration records and bribery of immigration officials.

With students with educational visas not attending a day at college!

And many involved in employment illegally or scams!

And what motivates and seals this, is the economic benefit — not only to the offending student and family, but to other stakeholders as well, colleges included.

All stakeholders in these conduits, view international students as an important source of tuition revenue and the more irrespective their background the merrier, as it adds economic boom in more ways than one!

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But at the same time many countries, have begun to act to address the increasing fraud, in international education, but, are they a little a little too late?

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For example, I am alluding for example, to the move by the U.K. Border Agency to revoke the right of London Metropolitan University some time ago to enroll foreign students.

The university was accused of “systemic failures” in monitoring the attendance of international students and certifying that they meet English proficiency requirements and hold the proper visas.

The pertinent question is, does anyone care that these degree mills are churning out individuals who cannot communicate, who cannot spell, who cannot write!

These are not just the issues here!

More than that in several countries, thousands of students enrolled in many versions of private higher education colleges, which inexplicably are not registered to take recognized exams!

The fallout is, that these numbers have been benefiting from taxpayer subsidy without undertaking meaningful study thus abusing the systems locals are paying for!

In all fairness, in some countries those representing academia, have been pleased with that the abuse and misuse of public funds is finally being brought to light, but is it enough?

Despite the alarm bells ringing, with the expansion of big business education, high dropout rates, visa abuse, and warnings from within the sector, that despite international education, being abused nothing is being done to address this pervasive exploitation!

Do we have the political will to address this, nationally and internationally?