Former Academic Dean at CVCC Exposed ...

Former Academic Dean at CVCC Exposed in Diploma Mill Scam

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#1 Jul 30, 2011
James Lowe, Jr., a former Dean of Academic Instruction at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, was recently exposed as claiming a PhD degree from San Francisco Technical University, an apparent unaccredited diploma mill.

According to Vicky Phillips of , San Francisco Technical University “operated a website from 2003-2009 that advertised ‘unaccredited online degrees.’” is a respected consumer group designed to protect students from academic fraud committed by online diploma mills.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the U.S. Department of Education, nor the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education accredits San Francisco Technical University, according to the report, Dumb in Alabama: College Presidents Have Diploma Mill Degrees, published by The American Reporter.

Policy established by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education allows for publishing only a degree from a “duly accredited” institution. Bishop State’s website shows Lowe’s PhD from San Francisco Technical College while its 2009-2011 catalog shows Lowe’s PhD from San Francisco University, which is not accredited by any agency authorized to grant national or regional accreditation, according to .

In her report, Degree Mill Grads Run the Show at Alabama State College, Phillips identifies Lowe as the President of Bishop State Community College, Mobile Alabama, which was highly profiled in a recent scandal because of irregularities in its operations.

Lowe was originally assigned to Bishop State as part of the Project Phoenix Team dispatched by Chancellor Bradley Byrne to lead the restoration of “moral stability” at the college, according to Bishop State’s website.

Lowe is a native of Phenix City and previously served in the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education as Interim President of Northwest-Shoals Community College, as Vice Chancellor of Instructional and Student Services, and as Vice Chancellor of College Operations, according to Bishop State’s website.

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