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Some Florida online school diplomas aren't worth the paper they're printed on



In a cleverly titled article called "Virtually Worthless," the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reveals some Florida-based diploma mills that are scamming students out of their money without providing the recognized credits needed to move on to higher education:

"(Rodolfo) Rodriguez and (Tammy) Shedd are two of 59 students from around the country who have filed complaints with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Better Business Bureau and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services against Continental Academy since 2006. They allege Continental Academy provided false information about accreditation.

"These students, many of whom said they graduated with honors from Continental Academy, reported that colleges nationwide, including Virginia Tech and Southwestern College in Ohio, have refused to accept them because their high school diploma is from Continental.

"Their complaints underscore a fundamental problem in distance learning and online education. Dozens of organizations accredit schools, but the U.S. higher education community at large only recognizes a handful of accrediting organizations as legitimate, education experts said. If you obtain a high school diploma from an organization not widely recognized by colleges and post-secondary schools, as Rodriguez did, then your degree is worthless.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:47pm]


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