Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on September 15, 2004 · 78
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Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut · 78

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AS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15,2004 THE HARTFORD COURANT FROM PAGE ONE Colleges Placed On Dishonor Roll CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al them." A recent investigation by the U.S. Government Accounting Office uncovered records showing that at least 463 federal employees, including some senior-level workers, had received degrees from diploma mills or other unaccredited schools. The report said the government paid fees of nearly $170,000 to cover employee costs at those schools. "The problem may not be as severe in Connecticut as in other states because we respond very quickly," Zdanys said. In the case of Suffield University, the department got a tip from a Florida man, Joseph Johnson, who said he first heard of the school in an Internet spam message. "Basically, it said you could take a 50-question test and be supplied with a degree," said Johnson, who works as a security director for a Fort Lauderdale company. He said he notified the higher education department after checking with the Better Business Bureau in Connecticut A website for "Suffield College & University" offers degrees ranging from an associate's degree for $475 to a combination of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees for $900. Although the state ordered the school in July to cease any Connecticut operation, the UPS mailbox was still active as of Tuesday and assigned to "Suffield Educational Services," according to a U.S. Postal Service employee in West Hartford. Joseph E. Milardo Jr., a Mid-dletown lawyer representing Suffield University, refused to comment Tuesday and referred questions to the school's representative, a man he identified as Steven Richeimer. Richeimer, contacted by telephone, denied any knowledge of the school and said the name Milardo "doesn't ring a bell" Zdanys said Tuesday that the higher education department has referred the matter to the state Attorney General's office. Zdanys will issue today's report on unlicensed schools and colleges to the Board of Governors for Higher Education, which licenses public and private higher education institutions throughout the state. After the department notifies the schools that they have no authority to operate in the state, the schools often cease operations, change their names or advertisements or, in some cases, seek proper credentials. In addition to Suffield University, the department has resolved cases involving some schools and is continuing investigations into others. According to today's report Bais Binyomin Academy, a Talmudic school in Stamford, agreed to submit an application for a state license after the department asked it to stop advertising and offering baccalaureate degrees. Ebenezer TempleUnited Holy Church of America in Hartford agreed that it would no longer offer academic or professional degrees for its Bible classes. Marlborough University, a division of the Obare Institute of Management Technology in Lagos, Nigeria, withdrew its plan to offer programs in Connecticut Volcano Erupts For Second Day Associated Press ' TOKYO Mount Asama spewed gray smoke into the air twice early today, eruptingfor the second straight day. One of Japan's largest and most active volcanoes, Mount Asama discharged columns of smoke over 1,000 feet high in two small eruptions hours apart, the Meteorological Agency said. The volcano spewed ash that fellonKaruizawa. 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