The dean of a graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania has resigned in scandal. What’d he do? He pretended that he had a doctoral degree from Columbia University. In fact, Doug Lynch, the former vice dean of the graduate school of education (ironic, huh?) at Penn, claimed to have received a master’s degree from Columbia in 2005 and a doctoral degree in 2007. As it turns out, Lynch didn’t receive his master’s degree from Columbia until 2010 and he hasn’t yet completed his doctoral degree.
As a college student, if you lie on your college application and it’s later discovered, you can have your admission revoked. Even if you’re a second, third, or fourth-year student. It’s just not worth it. Not to mention…it just isn’t right. As a college student, if you plagiarize a paper for course credit and get caught, you’ll face sanctions from the university…including expulsion. It just isn’t worth it. Ever.
So you’d think the vice dean of the graduate school of education wouldn’t make this kind of egregious mistake. Just a few years back, the dean of admissions at MIT resigned in scandal for lying about her academic diploma. When will folks realize that lying about their credentials isn’t worth it, that it’s wrong, and it’s likely to come back and haunt you. To students applying to college, learn from the disgraced former vice dean of students at the graduate school of education at the University of Pennsylvania!