Education verifications are a valuable tool in pre-employment background checks, since they confirm whether your candidate has earned the diploma or degree claimed, thus highlighting your candidate’s qualifications and possibly revealing information about your candidate’s honesty and integrity. Our degree verification process includes the authentication of high school diplomas, GED’s, trade certificates, and post-secondary degrees. Justifacts confirms the candidate’s dates of attendance and the type of degree that was earned, including the major course of study. If transcripts from an institution are required as a measure of the candidate’s academic performance, we will retrieve official documentation from the institution. In addition to the confirmation of your candidate’s degree, Justifacts’ education verification procedure offers further benefits.
Full Integration with Automated ServicesMany post-secondary institutions have outsourced their degree verification process to various automated services such as the National Student Clearinghouse. These services provide education information for a nominal fee.. Justifacts’ propriety system, Justiweb, is fully integrated with these automated services. These databases use the candidate’s name and other identifying information, such as a social security number or date of birth, to provide information regarding the candidate’s attendance at a particular institution. In most cases, the search results are reported instantaneously. Our online reporting system allows clients to check the progress of a degree verification, whether the request is handled by our Verification Specialists or by an automated service.
Confirmation of Institutional AccreditationIn addition to verifying the academic credentials of a candidate, Justifacts confirms the accreditation of all domestic educational institutions. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes agencies that have the authority to accredit public post-secondary institutions. However, the federal education department does not regulate elementary, secondary, and private post-secondary institutions. Private post-secondary institutions may be accredited by agencies that are not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These agencies, although unaffiliated with the U.S. Department of Education, may very well have established standards and curriculum that are at least as rigorous as those created by the U.S. Department of Education. An institution unaccredited by the U.S. Department of Education may still be considered a legitimate school, depending on the standards and definitions of the agency that accredits the school. However, there are many institutions that claim to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, even though they are not. There are also many institutions that claim accreditation from an independent agency whose standards and curriculum are not on par with those established by the U.S. Department of Education. These fake institutions are more commonly called “diploma mills” and can offer everything from college degrees to GED’s, the latter of which is never legitimately granted through an online program. Not every diploma mill simply takes a payment and prints a diploma. Some operations are intricate, and because they often require some kind of participation from the enrolled person, they seem like legitimate programs. Many persons with degrees from diploma mills do not even realize that they have been duped.
Confirming a candidate’s educational history is an important part of making an informed hiring decision. Justifacts goes beyond simply verifying your candidate’s stated degree, thereby providing you with a more complete picture of your prospective new hire and giving you the tools that you need in order to reach the most well-informed hiring decision for your organization.
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