Cut federal grants, loans and tax benefits to “college dropout factories,” “diploma mills” and “engines of inequality,” argues Education Trust in a new report. The “engines” are institutions — including some state universities — that admit few low- and moderate-income students eligible for Pell Grants.
A Texas law meant to help home-schooled students qualify for college has spawned diploma mills, reports KHOU-TV in Houston. Public colleges and universities have to accept the diplomas as valid, though one girl paid $600 for a diploma before learning the Navy considers it worthless. Lincoln Academy awarded a diploma to a basset hound named Molly, who took the test online.
And what was Lincoln’s “test” like? Doggone laughable at times, with questions like “a triangle has how many sides?” or “the President lives in the White House, true or false?”
In a couple of hours, with our help, Molly passed. After a $300 payment and a few days later, her diploma and official transcript arrived. Lincoln Academy was even nice enough to e-mail:
“Dear Molly, You have truly reached a new milestone in your educational career… sit back and enjoy your new life of being a high school graduate from Lincoln Academy.”
In fairness to the diploma mills, writes Eduwonk, “I had a basset hound who was pretty damn smart.”