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Brewton, AL

Former Associate Dean at JDCC Exposed in Diploma Mill Scam

Latitia McCane, a former Associate Dean of Instruction at Jefferson Davis Community College, was recently exposed as claiming a PhD degree from Lacrosse University. According to Vicky Phillips of geteducated.com, Lacrosse University has been “long reputed to be one of America’s largest and most prolific online degree mills.” Geteducated.com is a respected consumer group designed to protect students from academic fraud committed by online diploma mills. Lacrosse University operated first in Louisiana and then in Mississippi before being shut down by respective State officials. Lacrosse was also named as one of the most notorious diploma mills in testimony before a 2004 U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, 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 2009-2011 and Jefferson Davis’ 2005-2009 catalogs show McCane’s PhD from Lacrosse University. Ironically, reporter Renee Busby announced in a 2006 Mobile Press-Register article that McCane held a “doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Alabama.” A doctoral-level credential awarded by the University of Alabama is not listed for McCane in catalogs from either Bishop State or Jefferson Davis Community Colleges. In her report, Degree Mill Grads Run the Show at Alabama State College, Phillips identifies McCane as the Dean of Instructional Services at Bishop State Community College, Mobile Alabama, which was highly profiled in a recent scandal because of irregularities in its operations. McCane was 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. McCane, a graduate of Citronelle High School, was one of 18 applicants who applied for the Dean of Instructional Services’ position, according to Renee Busby.  (Jul 30, 2011 | post #1)

Citronelle, AL

Citronelle High Graduate Exposed in Diploma Mill Scam

Latitia McCane, a graduate of Citronelle High School and former Associate Dean of Instruction at Jefferson Davis Community College, was recently exposed in a scam, claiming an unaccredited PhD degree from Lacrosse University. According to Vicky Phillips of geteducated.com, Lacrosse University has been “long reputed to be one of America’s largest and most prolific online degree mills.” Geteducated.com is a respected consumer group designed to protect students from academic fraud committed by online diploma mills. Lacrosse University operated first in Louisiana and then in Mississippi before being shut down by respective State officials. Lacrosse was also named as one of the most notorious diploma mills in testimony before a 2004 U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, 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 2009-2011 and Jefferson Davis’ 2005-2009 catalogs show McCane’s PhD from Lacrosse University. Ironically, reporter Renee Busby announced in a 2006 Mobile Press-Register article that McCane held a “doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Alabama.” A doctoral-level credential awarded by the University of Alabama is not listed for McCane in catalogs from either Bishop State or Jefferson Davis Community Colleges. In her report, Degree Mill Grads Run the Show at Alabama State College, Phillips identifies McCane as the Dean of Instructional Services at Bishop State Community College, Mobile Alabama, which was highly profiled in a recent scandal because of irregularities in its operations. McCane was 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. McCane was one of 18 applicants who applied for the Dean of Instructional Services’ position, according to Renee Busby.  (Jul 30, 2011 | post #1)

Phenix City, AL

Former Academic Dean at CVCC Exposed in Diploma Mill Scam

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 geteducated.com, San Francisco Technical University “operated a website from 2003-2009 that advertised ‘unaccredited online degrees.’” Geteducated.com 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 Geteducated.com. 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.  (Jul 30, 2011 | post #1)