WPR News
4:49 pm
Thu July 15, 2004

Dept. of Ed Trying to Shut Down Diploma Mills

Laramie, Wy – A state law that went into effect July first may rid the state of any diploma mills. The new law requires colleges that want to avoid licensing file paperwork with the Department of Education. And they can now only grant degrees in theology or religious studies. That's because only religious based schools can avoid licensing now.
The Public Affairs Director for the Department of Ed, Deb Hinckley, says they want to ensure that a high level of education is provided in the state.
Hinckley says the Department of Education already heard from a few institutions that say they won't continue operating in Wyoming. She says there were probably seven or eight schools that were not licensed granting diplomas in the state before this law went into effect.