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Venus, Mars, yadda, diploma mill:
Dr. John Gray of 1950s gender roles Mars and Venus and Barbara De Angelis of relationship bookshelf fame have doctorates from the Columbia Pacific University (you know they used to be married right?). This diploma mill university was forced to cease operation in California.
In 1996, after conducting a qualitative review and assessment of CPU’s degree-granting programs, the bureau’s predecessor agency (Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education) denied CPU’s application for licensure. On June 10, 1997, this denial was upheld by an independent administrative law judge who concluded that CPU had: (a) awarded excessive credit for prior experiential learning to many students; (b) failed to employ duly qualified faculty; and (c) failed to meet various requirements for issuing Ph.D. degrees. When CPU continued to operate without legal approval, the California Attorney General sought an injunction (see “Sequence of Events,” below).
Gray’s education is via a Yogi in the Transcendental Meditation movement (at the Maharishi European Research University in Switzerland). Now that sounds like more of a bullshit degree than my BFA in Acting (I’m kidding WSU!).
I think maybe my winter project will be to get a doctorate via correspondence course. Who’s with me? We can do a two-fer and also get ordained too.