- Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation
The Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation (aka TJED) was a
diploma millrun in the 1990s and based in South Dakota. An unrelated, charitable foundation with the same name operates a charter schoolin North Carolina.
John Bear, author of "Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning", in 1998 the Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation (TJED) ran an advertisement in " USA Today" for distance educationcourses. Bear responded to the ad and the foundation sent a 20-page course catalog covering the following schools:
*Thomas Jefferson University of Virginia
*University of Williamsburg
*Dartmoor University [Note that fictional character
Captain Marvel's alter ego, Roger Winkle, is a professor at a "Dartmoor University".]
*Presidential American University
*Cambridge University in America
According to Bear, the catalog made no distinction among these schools other than listing their different names. The catalog offered degrees at all levels by "professional assessment of career achievements" and claimed accreditation from the "College for Professional Assessment", an agency Bear had yet to come acrosscite book |last=Bear |first=John |authorlink= |coauthors=Bear, Mariah P. |editor= |others= |title=Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning |origdate= |origyear= |origmonth= |url=http://www.google.com/books?id=k67XC_7y5xEC&pg=PA333&dq=%22Thomas+Jefferson+Education%22&ei=v2CGSIeFKo6UiAHnmNDcAw&sig=ACfU3U3aUq6lO97T8f6fFONKJSb7z9z1yA |format= |accessdate= |accessyear= |accessmonth= |edition= |series= |volume= |date= |year=2003 |month= |publisher=Ten Speed Press |location= |language= |isbn=1580084311 |oclc= |doi= |id= |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote= ] (see
List of recognized accreditation associations of higher learning).
TJED gave the address of a
Sioux Falls, South Dakotalaw office as the location of its campus, something over which a lawyer at that office expressed "outrage". According to Bear, this lawyer had filed the incorporation documents for TJED, as well as for other schools later determined to be diploma mills, including "Monticello University" (aka "Thomas Jefferson University"), a school begun by Les Snell. Monticello was "an unauthorized foreign non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of South Dakota" that, along with several other of Snell's schools, was shut down by the government in 1999. [cite web |url=http://www.koreanwar.org/kwva/kansas_v_snell_johnson_county_9cv10402.pdf |title=State of Kansas v. Snell et al |accessdate=2008-07-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]
Unrelated charter school
An unrelated North Carolina-based charitable foundation called the Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation serves as the parent of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, a
charter schoolin Mooresboro, North Carolina. [cite web |url=http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organization.asp?tn=413937 |title=Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation: Tax Exempt/NonProfit Organization Information |accessdate=2008-07-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=www.taxexemptworld.com |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]
A Thomas Jefferson Education", a book by George Wythe Collegepresident Oliver DeMille, not known to be related to this foundation.
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