Second Author's Department

Graduate School of Education

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

The Journal of Adventist Education

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2020


Earning a college degree is generally considered to be the key to successful career pathways, a means for social mobility, and one of the only ways to remain competitive in the international marketplace of the 21st century. In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, many employees—including teachers and academic administrators—pursue additional credentialing to enhance their professional skills and to advance in their careers. However, in recent years, ethical questions have arisen related to various individuals’ academic integrity and the quality and legitimacy of academic degrees and other types of credentialing certain individuals have pursued. The purpose of this article is to address the issue of degree fraud, share the biblical basis regarding integrity as it relates to such situations, present ways to identify reputable colleges and accredited degree programs, and inform administrators and teachers, so they can better advise students about how to avoid enrolling in non-reputable institutions and programs.

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