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DIPLOMA MILL

Filed at 11:55 am under by dcobranchi

This one is only indirectly tied to home education, but there may be some blowback later on:

University High School, a correspondence school in Miami being investigated for giving fast, high grades to qualify high school athletes for college scholarships, is going out of business Dec. 31, its founder, Stanley J. Simmons, said.

“It’s a disaster,” Simmons, 75, said in a telephone interview from his Miami home. “I’m finishing up everything, and I’m going back into retirement.”

Also, the NCAA named 17 people to a panel to study correspondence high schools and other nontraditional routes to college athletic eligibility and scholarships. The action responds to questions about the legitimacy of the academic credentials of some high school athletes.

I hope someone on the panel knows enough about home education that our kids don’t get equated with g-schoolers trying to game the system with diploma mill credentials.

3 Responses to “DIPLOMA MILL”


Comment by
SingleMind
December 25th, 2005
at 2:11 pm

That shouldn’t happen to home-schooled youth. The reason is that they have to take the GED exam to get a HS diploma (at least they do in my state). That provides an objective means for performance measurement.

Then again, when has that ever stopped government from attempting to wrap its tentacles around something it does not control?

Hopefully, the NCAA will focus its energy where it needs to be focused: fly-by-night diploma mills. Homeschools are still the best game in town.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
December 25th, 2005
at 2:21 pm

The reason is that they have to take the GED exam to get a HS diploma (at least they do in my state).

What? I don’t believe any state requires a GED. And, at least currently, neither does the NCAA.


Comment by
SingleMind
December 25th, 2005
at 2:36 pm

I don’t know that it’s required per se, but in Kentucky homeschooled youth typically end up getting their diplomas by taking the GED exam.