December 13, 2004
Feline higher education

I love this.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees – including an MBA awarded to a cat.

Trinity Southern University (search) in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

Investigators paid $299 for a bachelor's degree for Colby Nolan – a deputy attorney general's 6-year-old black cat – claiming he had experience including baby-sitting and retail management.

The school, which offers no classes, allegedly determined Colby Nolan's resume entitled him to a master of business administration degree; a transcript listed the cat's course work and 3.5 grade-point average.

Well I reckon there must be plenty of cats that are really quite good at baby minding and shop minding, certainly good enough to be worth some sort of qualification. But I agree, maybe not an MBA.

Strictly speaking, you are only supposed to cat blog on Fridays, but I've decided to overlook that.

More here.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:28 PM
Category: Higher education