Idaho lawmakers are taking a pro-active stance against diploma fraud as the state is starting to see diploma mills migrate into the state after nearby states such as California toughened their stance on operating diploma mills. On March 24, 2011, Idaho's "Anti-Diploma Mill" bill HB036 was unanimously passed by the Idaho State Senate. This new law will require postsecondary and proprietary schools that operate in the state to register annually.
A diploma mill or degree mill is an organization that awards academic degrees or diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without recognition by an official educational accrediting body. Receiving such a degree may only require completing a short form or documenting their life experience to receive a diploma. The purchaser of a fraudulent degree can then claim to hold an academic degree. They can be use to pad their credentials in hopes of getting a better job or even a raise in pay.
According to a 2011 Report released by Accredibase, there are 1,008 diploma mills operating or claiming to operate in the United States. This number is a 20 percent increase over last year’s report. The United States continues to be the leader in operating diploma mills. California, Hawaii, Washington, Florida and Texas have the highest concentration of diploma mills, according to the report.
At Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI), we urge employers to verify the legitimacy of an applicant’s diploma and not to take a candidate’s or employee’s supplied education credentials at face value. Fraud is on the increase and employers need to take a pro-active stance to properly vet their workforce. EBI works on behalf of employers to properly verify a subject’s credentials. Our experienced Verification Specialists take several steps to verify if a degree is from a legitimate institution.