Meet the 'stock' faculty of Axact's universities

Published: May 20, 2015
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The evidence against Axact just keeps piling up after a New York Times report revealed the Pakistani company was operating as the ‘world’s largest diploma mill’. 

After the NYT report highlighted how most of the people who featured on university websites belonging to Axact were paid actors, Slate did a little research of their own and found that most of the faculty and students in the fake degree programmes were models used in stock photos.

Read: Fake diplomas, real cash: Pakistani company Axact reaps millions

The online magazine reviewed several of the high school diploma programmes and online universities listed in the NYT report only to find out that the faculty and students do not exist beyond pictures.

Here are profiles of some of the faculty members:

Western Advanced Central University

George S Kirkland portrayed as a permanent faculty member of the School of Business and Management moonlights in the world of stock-photo modeling, where his alias is “middle-aged businessman in suit.”

But Kirkland is not just a teacher, he’s also an active member of Johnsonton Community Parish Church.

Moreover, Kirkland’s colleague Maria J Fleck, of WACU’s School of Health Sciences appears in stock images as the “woman standing in front of her colleagues (woman, mature, business).”

Fleck has also featured on a website Glamoz as an 82-year-old French woman who has never had any plastic surgery.

Greenlake University

But it just doesn’t stop there. Dr Tiara Dane, an associate professor of computer studies at Greenlake University is a woman of many talents and nationalities.

The “pretty businesswoman” as listed in stock photos is also a recruiter for the health care management company Global Medics in Ireland.

Further, Gracy Allen, an MBA student at Greenlake University student is just not a student there but is also pursuing a Master of Arts in communication at Spring Arbor University as can be seen below.

Nelson Bay University

At Nelson Bay University, a student is not shared between two universities like in Greenlake and Spring Arbor but two professors share the same name – Alice K Colbert.

The first Alice K Colbert is a “confident young man” who goes by the alias Lance Redgrave, a “CEO/Founder” who is a client of dozens of online businesses, ranging from Web design firms to sporting goods stores.

To find this Alice all you need to do is go on Shutterstock and enter any of the following keywords: man, young, smiling, outdoors, urban, people, caucasian, guy, fun, day, male, arms crossed, one person, enjoying, carefree, confident, handsome, happiness, summer, standing, city, joy, happy.

Meanwhile, the other Alice K Colbert is known to her friends as “beautiful happy brunette woman or businesswoman in her thirties talking on her cell phone.”

She “brings more than two decades of teaching, management, and curriculum development” to her role at Nelson Bay University, which is impressive given her age. Even more impressive is that she moonlights as a representative of Clienttell, “a leading provider of automated patient appointment reminders in the healthcare service industry.”

Looking to find out more about the faculty and students with their varied and jampacked résumés, Slate tried chatting online with representatives of several Axact schools but only got the message “Please wait for a site operator to respond” for several hours.

Read: Axact threatens to sue Pak Tea House for rounding up Twitter reactions

They also tried calling two Axact schools —Ford Worth High School and Headway University —but no one picked up.

This article originally appeared on Slate.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • fahim
    May 20, 2015 - 7:16PM

    nothing to be surprised.. this is the true face of our country in 2015. Right from the govt, politicians, beurocrat, estb., to common man.. we thrive on fake, lies, double speak, cheating and that is why no one today believes us in the whole world… we are the laughing stock.Recommend

  • Indian
    May 20, 2015 - 7:18PM

    so pakis used some random white people to show them as teachers in their universities?Recommend

  • animal
    May 20, 2015 - 7:21PM

    Full marks to the last pic. Impressive stock collection.Recommend

  • Ali S
    May 20, 2015 - 8:28PM

    Haha good one. Btw correct your last line it should be ‘this article also appeared on Slate’ not ‘Slack’Recommend

  • shah
    May 20, 2015 - 9:00PM

    Very elaborate scam. Axact worked hard at their fraud in the best Pakistani tradition.Recommend

  • Declan Pakistani
    May 20, 2015 - 10:29PM

    Thats what the Graphic designer people in axact do

    4 dept are involved , the core ones are Sales and marketing who also sign NDA , the other two graphic designer and Software developers who steal apps concepts and sell them as there own .

    Also content writers who write thesis etc never asks where axact sell’s there work Recommend

  • Naveed Hassan
    May 20, 2015 - 10:32PM

    While I agree that it’s sad, it reflects on the stupidity and the inherent habit of all of us trying to find short cuts that companies like this survive.

    If you are underprivileged, that’s one thing, you can obviously afford to pay the millions that Axact has allegedly charged you. Get off your butts, and work for that degree! And also, any common man with two cents worth of common sense should understand that legit universities ALWAYS register on the .edu TLD. http://www.broadfrauduniversity.com is obviously a fake university!

    Use brains before money? Please?Recommend

  • Shakil
    May 20, 2015 - 10:50PM

    Lets not single out Pakistan or Axact here, there millions of diploma mills on-line and they have decided to cash in to this!

    World is making like only Pakistan is running on-line degree scam, when it might, if true not be 1% of this market for people who wish to be fake degree holders to boost their egos! BTW theses degrees can never be verified by any country!

    Axact if involved brought shame for Pakistan as a country, when many good software houses honestly exporting good software. Recommend

  • abdul khan
    May 20, 2015 - 11:24PM

    Fake Wkileaks, Fake degrees company, fake Pakistani driving licenses, Fake Pakistani passports, fake Pakistani ID cards, Fake Pakistani cricketer in BBC! So many and so forth! May Allah bless this county!Recommend

  • shah
    May 21, 2015 - 1:13AM

    express tribune seem to be jealous with axact and BOLRecommend

  • shah
    May 21, 2015 - 1:15AM

    Express tribune seem to be jealous with axact and BOL Recommend

  • Ibrar
    May 21, 2015 - 1:26AM

    @fahim:
    You do not have to hide behind Pak ID.
    Who ever you are there is no need to allow your jaw to drop or let your heart rising in your throat. There is no country who does not have their share of criminal, the important thing is to catch them and bring them to justice and not allowing our neighbour celebrate our failures. Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 21, 2015 - 1:30AM

    @Indian:

    Perhaps just to impress India azzs hahaha!Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 21, 2015 - 1:40AM

    From time to time we must wide open flood gates for Indian moth to gather and celerbrate their pulsating bumz here. This scam is expected to reveal more interesting things in the next several weeks. ..So Indians do not go away and keep feeding your soul with the kind of things you wand to see about Pakistan.Recommend

  • scotchpak
    May 21, 2015 - 2:11AM

    Same thing in USA except they were smart enough to enlist a telephone answering company – tele-comforters or call centers. Axact did not follow the biz model We have a lot of those too – should be monitor their clients as well.?Recommend

  • Khalid
    May 21, 2015 - 2:26AM

    @Indian:
    I don’t know why you are surprised. You go to Saudi Arabia majority of the Indians applying for a Secretary job have fake degrees from India. Indian and Pakistani have the same culture and background . Be nice with your words Recommend

  • RebelPakistani
    May 21, 2015 - 3:48AM

    Overseas Pakistanis specially from Balochistan, Sindh and KPK are being defamed due to activities of Punjab and Karachi because due to their do wrong activities, people think all Pakistanis are same. It brings bad name to other ethnic groups. We are federation, we are not monolithic people. Our diversity should be respected. Recommend

  • Zaida
    May 21, 2015 - 6:23AM

    What more can you expect from a dis-functional security state? Spying, violence and cheating are the only businesses that thrive.Recommend

  • Syed Haider
    May 21, 2015 - 7:47AM

    “This article originally appeared on Slack.”

    It’s not “Slack”, it’s Slate.Recommend

  • Anon
    May 21, 2015 - 9:15AM

    @Khalid:

    But your Quaid-E-Azam said we are “2 different nation” then how we share the same culture…Recommend

  • Mansoor khan
    May 21, 2015 - 9:45AM

    axact CEO takes plea that he has no connection with these universities while the degrees are not issued by Axact.

    Further investigation will reveal the truth.Recommend

  • Zohaib Ahsan
    May 21, 2015 - 10:27AM

    If you visit website of any university of Axact, as published in the NYT it just needs a common sense to prove that its a fake university!
    You can’t find the details of course structure, address of universities and picture are obviously fake.
    The lesson is to be vigil when buy online particularly if any deal seems to be too goo to be true. Internet scams are very common across the world and Pakistan is not exception.Recommend

  • zain
    May 21, 2015 - 10:46AM

    @Indian

    I am sure 50% of graduates of these fake diplomas are from your country.Recommend

  • Hamid
    May 21, 2015 - 10:49AM

    Come to think about it, they didn’t picked up calls and couldn’t respond to chat messages becauses the Axact offices and call centers are sealed!Recommend

  • Hamid
    May 21, 2015 - 10:50AM

    Come to think about it, no one picked up and no one couldn’t respond to chat messages because the Axact offices and call centers are sealed!Recommend

  • satender rajput
    May 21, 2015 - 11:41AM

    This is what Pakistanis are good at- forgery.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 21, 2015 - 12:31PM

    @Anon:

    Our Quid’s observations remain true to date. The only difference is that 2 nation India is now multi-nation and needs to be further trimmed. We did have some cultural similarities which could have been used as a basis to exist as one nation but for the malicious intent of your freedom movement thick headed leaders (thank God). Recommend

  • Saad Saleem
    May 21, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Now the question is how many of our MNAs, MPAs have a degree from AxactRecommend

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