During the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Delaware, people questioned the education credentials of Christine O’Donnell. In her Linkedin page, O’Donnell claimed that she attended the University of Oxford. Upon further review, it was found out that O’Donnell did not attend Oxford, and instead attended a class by something called the Phoenix Institute, which rented space at Oxford.
Little did we know that in Florida we have a similar case. That would be the case of Beth Matuga. Matuga worked, according to her LinkedIn page, as Allison Tant’s campaign manager for the Florida Democratic Party chair’s race against Alan Clendenin.
Going back to LinkedIn, Matuga states that she received her education at Yale University. There is only one problem…she didn’t.
According to her resume, Matuga received both her BA in English Literature and her Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy at Florida State University. She then continues to put on her resume that he has an “education” from “Yale University” because she had attended The Women’s Campaign School, which is sponsored by the Yale Law School.
While that does sound nice, the “O’Donnell Effect” comes into place. Unlike traditional educational programs, which usually take years to complete, the 2013 Women’s Campaign School lasts from June 10th to June 14th. If we do the math correctly, that is a four-day program.
But then if we look even further into the program, we find that The Women’s Campaign School is somewhat similar to O’Donnell’s Phoenix Institute. While this program is sponsored by Yale Law School, it is not part of Yale itself. In fact, anyone completing this program does not have a credentialed education from Yale. The website for The Women’s Campaign School clearly states the following in their disclaimer:
“The Women’s Campaign School at Yale is a separate 501(c)(3) organization not affiliated with Yale University beyond the use of facilities at Yale to conduct programming”
In fact, Matuga’s false claim of a Yale education could possibly be seen as a violation of AAPC Code of Ethics, which many in the political science field strive to uphold.
During the 2010 campaign for Senate in Delaware, the media rightfully chastised O’Donnell for her false claims of education. Therefore, it should be applied to any within the political realm to have their credentials looked at, especially when they are making false claims. This in not only unfair to the public, but to the integrity of those working within the field of political science. As professionals, we must present ourselves in a professional, as well as honest, manner. And fudging a resume to state that you attended one of the top three political science institutions in the nation, when in fact you didn’t, is far from honest.
Since the publication of this article, Beth Matuga has contacted me, stating that this article has not shown the full educational credentials on her LinkedIn page. Therefore, we are inserting the credentials below:
As has already been mentioned in the article, Matuga continues to present this as education provided by “Yale University” when in fact the program has no affiliation whatsoever with Yale University, as the website’s disclaimer clearly states. Therefore, I stand by the original article, which questions the honesty of Matuga and her educational credentials.