Give Her Some Credit

Bob Jones University is seeking accreditation now, and that’s a good thing because the increase of degree mills and consequent backlash is likely to make this not an unusual case:

Melinda Benton, who has taught at the Winchester college since 1996, filed suit in 2001, seeking an injunction barring the state from enforcing a law that prohibited using degrees from unaccredited schools when applying for a job.

The law had been passed to protect students from instructors using bogus degrees obtained from diploma mills. In Benton’s case, however, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan ruled that the state Office of Degree Authorization took action against the UCC instructor because of bias toward Bob Jones University, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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