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“Making The Grades”

This is a reblog of the post “Making the Grades” from An International Educator in Vietnam, which shared the original story.

The more I read this article, the more shocked I became.

“In 2014, fake grades became institutionalized.” –Molly Hensley-Clancy, BuzzFeed

If this story is accurate (and it seems that the reporter did her due diligence and dealt with a variety of written and verbal sources), then this is absolutely reprehensible. Faking grades to keep the money flowing? It’s disgusting.

“Universities” like this are going to do serious damage to US Higher Education as a brand. Students from around the world dream of studying in the USA in order to obtain a high-quality post-secondary education. Officials need to take decisive action about “schools” like this in order to protect the reputation of the rest of the industry.

Thanks to Dr. Mark Ashwill for posting this BuzzFeed article to his blog, and thanks to Molly Hensley-Clancy and to BuzzFeed for bringing this story to light.

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An International Educator in Viet Nam

How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process.

I derive absolutely no pleasure at all from saying “I told you so.”  (OK, maybe just a little.)  This is an issue I have been talking and writing about for years.  I think the only reason the US government made the decision to finally focus on it and target Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) as a poster boy for bad higher education behavior is because of the outstanding investigative reporting of BuzzFeed.  I can assure you there are more where this came from.  Oh, and NPU is nationally accredited by ACICS, which the US Department of Education has recommended be closed.  Coincidence, anyone! 

Congratulations to Molly Hensley-Clancy and her BuzzFeed colleagues!


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By Nadia Redman

I'm a fan of "everything international:" travel, meeting people of other cultures, speaking foreign languages, cross-cultural communication, international business and marketing, etc. I'm also a bit of a nerd, LOL.

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