Ethics and values

When Should a College Return an Endowment?

Should St. John’s University (Minnesota) Return the $300,000 Lindmark Endowment? This is an updated blog posted on my website earlier this week. It’s an intriguing question. When should a university be forced to return an endowment because it hasn’t been used for the designated purpose? A case in point is... Read more →


What You Should Teach Millennials About Values

Self-Actualizing Students’ Needs in Life and the Workplace Most students go to work for employers following graduation and should know what values create the foundation of a good employee. Broadly, these values indicate a commitment to do what is right regardless of the personal costs. Strong values create a strong... Read more →


The "Teaching Effectiveness Gap"

Are Student Evaluations a Useful Tool? Last week I read an article about why student evaluations of college instructors are not reliable and should no longer be used in performance evaluation decisions. The author claims, based on research, that student evaluations may be associated with the gender of the instructor.... Read more →


Are Students Wasting Their Time Getting a College Degree?

The Case Against Caplan's Thesis: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money What is the value of a college education? Is it largely a waste of time as George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan contends? Or, is there more to getting a college education than increasing... Read more →


Should the Michigan State Athletic Program Be Given the Death Penalty?

Larry Nassar and Michigan State: A Tale of a Corrupt Culture, Ethical Blindness, and Institutional Indifference I always believed the NCAA was relatively even-handed with its punishment of Penn State University in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The football program scandal led to a $60 million fine, four-year postseason... Read more →


Tax on College Endowment is Counterproductive

Ethics Means First, Do No Harm Most people are unaware that the tax reform act includes a college endowment tax that threatens the long-standing tax-free earnings from these donations. Some colleges are in panic mode, especially Harvard, Yale and Stanford. The investment-per-student-threshold was set at $500,000. The tax will raise... Read more →


Should You Write That Letter of Recommendation?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Recommendations for Students If I were still a teaching professor, at this time of year I would have been inundated with student requests for letters of recommendation. Alas, I retired 1 ½ years ago so this is one chore I no longer... Read more →


Who is to Blame For Cheating in College?

Can Cheating Be Controlled? Cheating in college has reached epidemic proportions. Even though the rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steadily around 75 percent since the first major survey on cheating in higher education in 1963, the ways in which... Read more →


Should Cultural Values Be Taught in Higher Education?

Bourgeois Norms: The New Mantra of Higher Education Last week I blogged about the increasing popularity of including material related to equity, diversity and inclusion into college curricula. Now, to the list of forbidden ideas on American college campuses, add “bourgeois norms”—It’s become politically incorrect to suggest that the values... Read more →


Does Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Belong in a College Curriculum?

How Best to Teach Cross-cultural Communication and Multicultural Studies The hot topic on college campuses is whether issues surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) should be included in the college curriculum and, if so, how should it be incorporated into the curriculum. These issues have grown in importance because of... Read more →