How’s this for “hounding” diploma mills?
GetEducated.com, an online-learning consumer group, managed to purchase an online M.B.A. for its mascot, a dog named Chester Ludlow.
The Vermont pug earned his tassles by pawing over $499 to Rochville University, which offers “distance learning degrees based on life and career experience,” according to a news release from GetEducated. He got back a package from a post-office box in Dubai that contained a diploma and transcripts, plus a certificate of distinction in finance and another purporting to show membership in the student council.
GetEducated.com belives Chester is the first dog to get a diploma for life experience. But his bow-wow M.B.A. isn’t the first canine college degree: Witness this 2007 story about a police-department dog’s diploma.
Here’s GetEducated.com’s video about the stunt: “Dog Earns Online MBA: A Cautionary Tail.”