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[Erwin] Sniedzins, who said he was on the hunt for a master’s degree to “validate” his professional and life experience, thought [Kings Lake University] was real.

“It felt like they were more legit than the other ones. Their website’s pretty good. And when you phone, you get someone there,” Sniedzins said.

After his experience was “validated” by the university, Sniedzins said he paid the $8,100 fee, and received a master’s degree in education, specializing in technology in education.

The university mailed him the degree and several other signed, stamped and apparently certified documents. He said he even received a graduation cap and gown.

Sniedzins repeatedly told CBC Toronto that he never suspected a degree based on life experience that required no academic work, studying or exams could be fake as it was in line with his approach to education.

… Any doubts Sniedzins may have had were also eased by what appears to be a sworn affidavit, included in his package of documents, supposedly signed by former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry.

“I really feel stupid if [it’s a diploma mill], and I’m angry about it,” Sniedzins said.


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8 Responses to “Look Back in Anger”

  1. Van L Hayhow Says:

    Wow, just wow. He doesn’t trust real universities but he trusts diploma mills.

  2. dmf Says:

    I’m going to guess he’s also the type that bemoans giving kids trophies/medals/etc for participation and not for winning.

  3. john Says:

    Wizard of Oz…

  4. dmf Says:

    the truth is the lines are getting mighty blurry

  5. dcat Says:

    Oh, if you are at a state university these days, believe me, you are hearing all sorts of palaver about finding ways to validate peoples’ experiences to get them credits to get them degrees. It is insane, reveals an utter ignorance about what higher education and degrees are supposed to represent, but when dealing with the political classes, the ignorance is a feature, not a glitch.

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dcat: Yup.

  7. theprofessor Says:

    Do not believe that state universities have a monopoly on bogosity, dcat. Our failed administration is frantically trying to develop on-line “degrees” that even Mrs. TP’s dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks dog pack could complete summa cum barke. “Life credit” given for not pooping indoors more than once a week, mauling rabbits and other small rodents in the backyard, etc.

  8. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: credit for having in the past not pooped indoors although you can’t document it

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