“Educated” applicants may not be so smartEmployers now have opportunity to check academic credentialsBy 08/30/2001|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/08/2003 Lying about educational qualifications is on the rise. In 1995-96, one estimate put the number of candidates who were untruthful about their college majors, graduation or attendance dates, or who even awarded themselves unearned degrees, at 14 per cent. That figure has increased to around 18.5 per cent over the last two years. Academic records are relatively easy to verify: just put in a call to the school in question. Why then do candidates risk having their dishonesty discovered? The answer could well be that employers rarely checked academic credentials, given the amount of time it took for universities to provide the information.That may change now that a burgeoning industry is joining with universities to provide reliable on-line academic checks. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.