Thanks to the investigative reporting of the Hartford Courant, we learned a whole lot about Terrence Carter and the various references to his Ph.D(s).
For eight years “Dr.” Terrence Carter has claimed, implied, suggested or was introduced as having a Ph.D.
As we now know, some documents report that he got the doctorate from Stanford University in California, but it turns out that he never actually attended Stanford University.
Other documents report that he got it from a non-existing joint program between Stanford University and Oxford University in England….but he didn’t attend Oxford either.
At yet another point, “Dr.” Carter claimed he had his Ph.D. from Lesley University in Massachusetts – but turns out that wasn’t true either – although he is quoted as saying ne now is going to get that degree any day now.
But in the end, the only document he could produce for the Hartford Courant was a “Ph.D.” from a place called Lexington University.
But what and where is Carter’s Lexington University.
As noted in a recent Wait, What? blog post, “Dr.” Terrence Carter – Lexington University: Order Now, Graduate Today, there is a Lexington University. You pay a few hundred dollars and they send you a degree and provide “lifetime” verification to potential employers.
$300 and you too can call yourself a Doctor… or for that matter… can buy almost any other degree you want.
But is this the actual Lexington University that “Dr.” Terrence Carter “graduated” from or did he find another on-line diploma mill called Lexington University?
While Special Master Steven Adamoski and the Malloy administration continue to claim there is no reason not to give “Dr.” Terrence Carter the six-figure, lucrative job as New London’s superintendent of Schools, the students, parents, teachers and taxpayers of New London (and Connecticut) at least deserve a clarification as to which Lexington University Carter received his Ph.D. form.
For starters, is “Dr.” Terrence Carter’s Lexington University the same Lexington University that was under investigation by the United States General Account Office?
If it was, there is a whole lot more explaining to be done before handing New London’s students, parents, teachers and schools over to this guy.
Just take a look at what the GAO found when its investigators looked into a diploma mill called Lexington University.
United States General Accounting Office (http://www.gao.gov/assets/100/91621.html)
November 21, 2002:The Honorable Susan M. Collins: Ranking Minority Member: Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations: Committee on Governmental Affairs: United States Senate:
Subject: Purchases of Degrees from Diploma Mills:
Dear Senator Collins:
This report responds to your request that we investigate issues concerning the proliferation of diploma mills, which sell bogus academic degrees based upon “life experience” or substandard or negligible academic work. Specifically, you asked that the Office of Special Investigations, acting in an undercover capacity, demonstrate how easy it is to purchase a degree from a diploma mill. You also asked us to identify and interview individuals who have purchased degrees from diploma mills and determine whether those individuals have used their bogus degrees to increase income, defraud employers, or gain positions of public trust. We briefed your office on our investigative findings. This report summarizes those findings and includes documents referenced in that briefing.
Posing as Susan M. Collins, we first contacted Degrees-R-Us to obtain information regarding the steps to follow in purchasing degrees. Following those instructions, we successfully purchased a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology dated June 13, 1975, and a Master of Science degree in Medical Technology dated June 10, 1988, in the name of Susan M. Collins. The degrees were awarded by Lexington University, a nonexistent institution purportedly located in Middletown, New York. Pursuant to Degrees-R-Us’s request, we provided the names and telephone numbers of individuals who could provide references and vouch for Ms. Collins’ job experience in biology and medical technology. However, Degrees-R-Us did not contact any of our references. We paid $1,515 to Degrees-R-Us for the “premium package” The package included two diplomas from Lexington University, honors distinctions, and a telephone degree verification service that could be accessed by potential employers wishing to verify information regarding the school transcripts and degrees purportedly conferred.
To test the degree verification service, we posed as a potential employer of Ms. Collins. An individual associated with Degrees-R-Us confirmed that Ms. Collins had been awarded a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Lexington University.
Since the investigators “purchased” the premium package, they were provided with the following:
1) Bachelor of Science in Biology, dated June 13, 1975 – diploma.
2) Transcripts for a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a GPA of 3.8.
3) Master of Science in Medical Technology, dated June 10, 1988.
4) Dean’s List Certificates for all 8 semesters on your Bachelor’s Degree.
5) Envelopes from Lexington University.
Wait, What? readers can find the full GAO report at: http://www.gao.gov/assets/100/91620.pdf.
In fact, there you will find the fake diplomas as well as an “Official Transcript” from Lexington University.
It is pretty impressive what a few hundred dollars will buy you.
And when all is said and done, rather than vote to hand over the keys of New London’s schools to “Dr.” Terrence Carter, the New London Board of Education should tell the Malloy Administration to back off the pressure. Instead of saying they see no reason not to hire Carter; Malloy’s operatives should be helping the New London Board of Education to determine exactly what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to Mr. Carter’s educational background.
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