Degree fraud, social teams

Diploma and accreditation mills: Exposing academic credential abuse
Take Belford University, for example, which offers bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees in 15 days based on passing an online test or an applicant’s ‘life experience’. Anyone who has spent three hard years at university will know that passing one online test is not what a real degree is about – particularly one that you can take as many times as you want. However, Belford University claims to be accredited by the International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities (IAAOU) and the Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEA).

Using Yammer
Where a social communications tool, like Yammer, wins out, is when you want to stay in touch with the all the conversations that your particular colleagues are having. Yes, some of them will be irrelevant, but that’s just like being in the office. For a distributed team, social tools can be invaluable for keeping your finger on the pulse.

Kinky fraud

University Registrar offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessionsTimes Online
A university registrar offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessions in a hotel, a court was told yesterday. Karl Woodgett, 37, former registrar at the University of Surrey and the University of Bath, already had a lucrative sideline selling degrees to African women when he came up with a way of satisfying his sexual desires at the same time.

Update – 18/01/2021

That link’s broken now, but I couldn’t resist finding another.

University registrar offered forged degrees to women if they let him for spank them for ‘pain research’Daily Mail
Karl Woodgett, 37, told two African women that he was working on a ‘pain management study’ before taking them to a hotel room where he filmed himself smacking and caning them. Woodgett, who was senior assistant registrar at the University of Bath, initially paid the women for their services in cash but later offered them fake university qualifications instead.