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Why Higher Ed Should Hire a Screening Partner

Background Checks, Education

Applying for college is not easy. The list of things schools look at these days seems endless… SAT scores, transcripts, essays, extracurricular activities, even volunteer work. According to the Center for Community Alternatives, 66 percent of colleges and universities are now also looking at applicants’ criminal histories. There are plusses and minuses when it comes to using background checks for students. Most schools will point to the importance of campus safety on the positive side, but even the lowest-level offenses could boot students out of contention for financial aid and federal tax credits.

Congresswoman Wants Background Checks for All School Employees

Background Checks, Education

Earlier this year USA Today conducted an investigation that sent chills down the spines of parents across the country. The report showed teachers with histories of violence and even sex crimes were playing the system. Many were being allowed to resign instead of getting fired for inappropriate contact with students, and were then able to find their way back into classrooms by simply crossing into a different district. You can read our blog on the investigation here. 

When 1% is Too Many: How Educators can Avoid Hiring Bad Apples

Background Checks, Education

USA Today has produced an outstanding piece of journalism with its report, Broken Discipline Tracking Systems Let Teachers Flee Troubled Pasts. The fascinating investigation has uncovered glaring weaknesses in how teachers are vetted before being allowed into the classroom. They do point out that the number of teachers facing some kind of disciplinary action serious enough to affect their teaching license is very small -- about 1% of the 3 million US teachers. But knowing that teachers are being allowed around children after being accused of violence or even sexual assault is utterly terrifying.

Fake University Degrees Rampant in India

Background Checks, Global Background Checks, Education

Fake degrees are rattling the foundation of Mumbai University, one of the oldest universities in India. Earlier this year a vendor was literally stationed outside of the campus supplying people with fake degrees. While shocking, that vendor was not the only one supplying the bogus certificates. Over the last three and a half school years, more than 900 fake MU degrees have been discovered through pre-employment verifications.

Legislative Alert – September 18, 2014 Screening News Update

Background Checks, Legislative Alerts, Ban the Box, Legalizing Marijuana, Education


EBI is proud to present our new Screening News Update videos. We will continue to publish the text version of our Legislative Alerts, but now you will also have the option to view them as broadcasts from our EBI Screening News Network studio. We hope you enjoy this new feature!

This week's topics include:

  • San Fran Bans the Box
  • The New York Times supports legalizing marijuana
  • Texas officially shuts down Houston diploma mill
The Real Story Behind Getting A GED In America – Is It Real or Fake?

Background Checks, Education

With the United States still at a slow pace to economic recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are approximately 12.3 million Americans still out of work.  The 2000 Census figures tell us that anywhere from 11% to 27% of Americans over the age of 25 don't have a high school diploma.  During this time, many Americans are searching for ways to better their lives, educate themselves and look for ways to be more competitive in the job-market.  Many are using this time for continued education or as an opportunity to obtain a General Equivalency Degree (GED).  Certainly with today’s Internet resources, consumers are overcome by online advertisements for continuing education.  A quick Internet search will unveil hundreds of firms which provide limited or no course work, life experience degrees or the opportunity to earn your GED online.  Many of these firms provide no education value and a worthless piece of paper for huge fees.  Today, traditional brick and mortar education has certainly expanded well beyond the borders of a school’s geographic boundaries and online education has become the norm for many Americans.  For consumers, you can’t let your guard down by becoming mesmerized by the ease of signing up for online instruction or the option of obtaining a GED online.  There are hundreds of companies that offer GED help online, evening or weekend classes, and even provide a practice test for a hefty fee.  Certain companies even go as far as to state that their GED practice exam is accepted by employers as an alternative to actually taking the nationally standardized and accepted exam.  Many of these firms are fraudulent and offer nothing more than a fake piece of paper for an outrageous fee.