Diploma Mills (The Matrix Dictionary)
A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is a company or organization that claims to be a higher education institution but which offers illegitimate academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. These degrees may claim to give credit for relevant life experience, but should not be confused with legitimate prior learning assessment programs. They may also claim to evaluate work history or require submission of a thesis or dissertation for evaluation to give an appearance of authenticity. Diploma mills are frequently supported by accreditation mills, set up for the purpose of providing an appearance of authenticity.
Diploma Mills are extremely widely used within the New Age and self-help environment, which is special characterized by the practitioners´ lack of education.
Example on death caused by practitioner with bogus diploma:
Quackwatch: Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions
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