08 November 2011
- Lack of accreditation by nationally recognized accreditation bodies. Some degree mills even claim accreditation from accreditation mills.
- Institute names that are similar to those of legitimate and often prestigious schools. This is used to deceive unassuming prospective employers.
- Extremely low coursework requirements in comparison to accredited institutions, with credentials awarded following very little to no studying.
- Academic legitimacy based on claims of affiliation with respected organizations that are not involved in academic accreditation.
- Lecturers’ who themselves have qualifications from the degree mill or have legitimate degrees that are not related to their area of lectureship.
- Marketing via unsolicited e-mail or spam as well as grammatical errors in marketing material