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It is not enough to know that there is a vast market for U.S. college education.  If you don’t know how to tackle it, the market is never yours.

Officially Approved Fake Transcripts

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Definition: Officially Approved Fake Transcript

Do you call an applicant’s transcript official if it shows “officially approved” fake grades? What I mean by “officially approved” is “a transcript is approved by the school where the applicant attended classes or graduated from.

”On April 22, 2015, USA Today’s “Voice from Campus” published an article which raises many concerns.   The article is entitled “As competition among Chinese international students for U.S. schools grows, so does fraud.”

I have talked with countless Chinese high school graduates and their parents at various education fairs in different Chinese cities throughout the years.  I was stunned to learn that many Chinese high schools actually allow their graduates to put their own grades on their transcripts.  This is not fair to those who have studied so hard to earn their honest grades.

Fake Transcripts from China Become Prevailing

I wonder if any U.S. schools are aware of this fact.  And if they are, are U.S. schools accepting these transcripts as official?

It’s clear that many outstanding Chinese students have become assets to many elite American universities.   However, plenty more Chinese students are struggling with their coursework because they are academically unprepared to handle the coursework.

It is not always easy to stop the Chinese fake transcripts phenomenon when Chinese school officials cope with your Chinese applicants.   I know there is a division in China’s Ministry of Education which can verify if a Chinese transcript is authentic or fake.  ( I once called the head of the division for a Chinese student’s transcript.)   Even so, I am still not 100% sure if a transcript certified by China’s Ministry of Education could guarantee its authenticity.

Questions

(1) How many U.S. schools care enough to thoroughly examine and verify the authenticity of the Chinese applicants’ credentials?
(2) How many financially strapped, lower-tier or non-ranked schools really care if making money is their goal?
(3) Should we continue to allow schools to profit at any cost or to operate like degree mills?
(4) Should American colleges and universities work together to preserve the academic integrity of our reputation for “The World’s Best Higher Education”?
(5) How good are the Department of Education and its recognized accrediting agencies doing their jobs in overseeing schools that keep taking students with fake credentials?

(Author: T. Gray, co-founder of Access Education LLC)