Fake Doctorate Watch: Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin on the Jim Bakker Show

On Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin was on the Jim Bakker Show. For reasons I cannot understand, Boykin claimed to have a PhD. Apparently, he was talking about the one he purchased from Phoenix University of Theology, a diploma mill (Not affiliated with University of Phoenix). Watch:Speaking about the critics of President Trump, Jim Bakker said they engage in sex, and drugs, "but forget rock and roll." He then called Boykin "doctor." Jim Bakker: Forgive me, doctorLori Bakker: But … [Read more...]

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Life Christian University’s Description of Earned Doctorate Does Not “Accurately Reflect the Information Correctly”

On October 7, I reported that evangelist Joyce Meyer claimed to have an earned PhD in theology from Life Christian University. She claimed to be a graduate on a promotional video still housed on the LCU website and said the degree was earned on her website. On October 11, I filed a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General's office in keeping with MO law which forbids the use of false and misleading degrees in connection with one's business or profession.Sometime after the initial post a … [Read more...]

Why Is David Barton Better Than Amy Robertson?

Last night, Amy Robertson resigned as incoming principal of Pittsburg (KS) High School amid revelations that her graduate degrees came from a unaccredited diploma mill. After she was hired, the high school newspaper staff researched Robertson's claims that she had a master's degree and a doctorate from Corllins University, an unaccredited entity which gives degrees in exchange for life experience and a fee. Now she isn't going to be principal at PHS.Enter David BartonAlmost seven months … [Read more...]

Pittsburg (KS) High School Student Paper Exposes False Credentials; Principal Resigns

Through a twitter user, I recently learned about the Pittsburg (KS) High School newspaper staff who uncovered diploma mill degrees in the resume of a newly hired principal, Amy Robertson. Ms. Robertson was hired by the Pittsburg School District to fill a principal position beginning next school year. She claimed to have a master's and doctorate from Corllins University. However, the high school newspaper staff investigated that claim and reported to the school community that Corllins is not … [Read more...]

Phoenix University of Theology and the Federal Definition of a Diploma Mill

In December of 2016, I discovered that one of Donald Trump's evangelical champions Lance Wallnau claimed a doctorate from Phoenix University of Theology. While uncertain at the time, I wondered if the school met the federal definition of a diploma mill. To find out for sure, I wrote the president of the school, Karen Drake, with some questions about their methods. Late last week, Drake replied. Here are her answers: WT: I am very curious about your educational model. Are all of your credits … [Read more...]

Where in the World is Phoenix University of Theology?

Last month, I pointed out that dominionist minister Lance Wallnau claimed a doctorate from Phoenix University of Theology. The school grants credits for "life experience" and appears to award entire degrees without any classes or tests. This characteristic alone makes it appear to be a diploma mill (see the federal definition of a diploma mill).Holding classes would require classrooms and it may be that PUT doesn't have those either. Recently, reader Dee Holmes went by the address listed on … [Read more...]