diploma mill

noun

Definition of diploma mill 

: a usually unregulated institution of higher education granting degrees with few or no academic requirements

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In the last decade much has been written about diploma mills: schools that teach nothing, yet graduate their students, many of whom just happen to be elite athletes. Pete Thamel, SI.com, "Why top college basketball prospects are forgoing traditional high schools to join superteams," 22 June 2016

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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