Discussing fake degree and credential fraud prevention in higher ed: Interview


In a recent interview with The EvoLLLution, Jamie Carmichael (Carleton University) and Sarah Eaton (University of Calgary) discuss the prevalence of fake degrees and credential fraud in higher education and how postsecondary leadership can raise awareness of the issue. Many leaders may be unaware of the prevalence and various types of credential fraud that can occur in the sector, they explain. The interviewees discuss a variety of factors that can influence fraud, such as technology, flaws within standardized testing, and equity and fairness. Eaton notes that transparency, training, and having academic fraud practices and policies in place are vital to ensuring employees are prepared to navigate potential cases of fraud. Carmichael also encouraged hiring professionals to verify academic credentials when hiring.