Trinity Southern University was sued for allegedly selling fake degree after investigators were able to obtain a fake college degree for their cat.
From 1919 to 1969, Cornell University’s home economics programs provided students in the program with “practice babies” from orphanages. The babies were all given the last name “Domecon,” shortened from the “Domestic Economy” program.
In 1965, sister Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to get a Ph.D in computer science. She believed that the use of computers have boundless capacity for the sharing of information.
Sister Mary worked on developing the BASIC programming language. BASIC is a way of translating the zeroes and ones of computer code into something more intuitive and straightforward. It is a general-purpose, high level programming language which helped broaden computer programming into non maths and science fields, subsequently giving many people their first experience with programming.
Professors of universities during the Vietnam War inflated students’ grades in order to help them avoid the draft.
James Franco launched a college course entitled “Master Class: Editing James Franco…with James Franco,” in which student editors are to compile a 30 minute documentary on Franco, using behind the scenes footage of Franco supplied by Franco, to “create a cinematic image of James Franco.”
A German student was sued for $3,772 by his alma mater for earning his bachelor’s and master’s “too fast”. Both degrees usually take 11 semesters, but Marcel Pohl graduated in 2; he went to one class while having 2 friends share notes from other classes he was enrolled in at the same time.
Attending Harvard is free if your household income is below 65K a year. Harvard’s financial aid programs pay 100 percent of tuition, fees, room, and board for students from families earning less than $65,000 a year.
Scott Carpenter was the only NASA Mercury astronaut who hadn’t finished college. After his spaceflight, the university granted him his degree because “his subsequent training as an astronaut more than made up for the deficiency in the subject of heat transfer.”
A Wal-Mart heiress gave back her USC degree when she was exposed to have used another student to complete her school work for years.
Devin Gaines earned 5 bachelor degrees with honors simultaneously at the University of Connecticut, averaging 24 credits a semester and 3 hours of sleep a night. He drowned in 2007 because he didn’t know how to swim.