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John Bear
Work on Degrees and Credentials

* Co-Author, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning (widely regarded as a standard reference book in this field; over 400,000 in print).

* Co-Author (with Allen Ezell, who founded and ran the FBI's DipScam diploma mill task force) of "Degree Mills: the billion-dollar industry that has sold more than a million fake degrees" (Prometheus Books, 2005)

* Keynote Speaker, Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium, July 2006, 2,000 military attendees.

* Featured speaker, closed session of the national convention of State Education Officers, San Francisco, August, 2006.

* Consultant to the FBI's "DipScam" diploma mill task force for its entire duration, 1979 to 1990.

* On-screen appearances as a diploma mill expert on 60 Minutes (fall 2004), Good Morning America (three times), Inside Edition, Extra, and more than 80 local and regional stations.  

* Lengthy interviews on-screen (filmed in my home) with major foreign media, including (2006-2007) Fuji-TV (Japan), Swiss television, Korean television.

* Keynote speaker, National Institute for Experiential Education, at Princeton, 1998.

* Featured speaker, Distance Education and Training Council national conventions, 1997 and 2001.

* Admitted as an expert witness in federal court, various state courts in California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Mexico, and before the Florida Board of Professional Licensing.

* Presenter of workshop on degrees and credentials at the national registrars' convention (AACRAO), 2001, 2004, 2005.

* Co-Presenter (with Allen Ezell, founder of the FBI's diploma mill task force) of a 2-day workshop on diploma mills for U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management (top HR people from many US agencies), Pittsburgh, 1998 and Washington DC 2003.

* Author, "Diploma Mills: the $200 million a year competitor you didn't know you had," March 2000 issue of University Business Magazine.

* Author of chapters on distance degrees for the Whole Earth Catalog and the Informational Please Almanac.

* Author of 15 monographs, commissioned by the Australian National Office on Overseas Skills Recognition, on the educational systems of the United States, Mexico, Germany, and 12 other countries.

* Cited as an expert in more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles on distance degrees, nontraditional education, and diploma mills.