So the incentives to demonstrating those achievements have never been more worth the effort - or the risk.
Yes, as the following article explains, as many as half of the Ph.D.s granted in any given year may be fake. Which is not to say they weren't properly acquired - after all, most aren't stolen or forged - no, most of them were purchased fair and square. It's just that the institutions doing the granting dont really have courses - or professors - or the charters permitting them to issue such credentials. But the benefits of the fees charged to grant diplomas appear to exceed the fines or approbrium heaped on the offender. Which is an interesting commentary on the socio-economic need for an intermediary to guarantee one's competency. There ought to be an app for that. JL
Scott McLemee reports in Slate:
“More than half of all people claiming a new Ph.D. have a fake degree.”