Cheating During the Pandemic: An Ethical Dilemma in Academia

Do the Ends Justify the Means? It’s no surprise to me that many college students are finding ways to cheat during online testing in our COVID-19 environment. According to a survey by Wiley, 93 percent of instructors think students are more likely to cheat online than in person. One-third said... Read more →


Failure and Withdrawal Rate in Cal State Schools is a Red Flag

Who Should We Blame For the Dismal Results? Having taught in the California State University (CSU) System for about 30 years, I was dismayed to read of the high rate of failure and withdrawal rates from courses at system schools and low graduation rates. The high rates are particularly prevalent... Read more →


Why Parents Cheat to Get Their Kids into College

Do the Ends Justify the Means? I recently read some of the results of a survey taken by Intelligent.com that addresses why parents cheat to get their kids accepted into college. The purpose of this blog is to share those results and give my own opinion. Intelligent.com is an online... Read more →


Brandeis University Releases ‘Oppressive Language List’

Does it Promote Inclusivity or Demonstrate Political Correctness? Last week Brandeis University in Waltham, MA released an “Oppressive Language List,” as well as recommendations for more neutral language, in an effort to promote a more inclusive campus. Students and faculty at Brandeis University are being urged to stop using words... Read more →


Harvard’s Most Popular Course is a Class on How to be Happier

Can Happiness Be Taught? Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar has taught Harvard University’s most popular course: a course on Positive Psychology; that is, he taught his students how to be happy. The course, called PSY 1504 – Positive Psychology,is described as follows: “The course focuses on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling... Read more →


Paradigm Shift in Ethics Education

Giving Voice to Values The benefits of the Giving Voice to Values approach to ethical decision making is it involves students directly by providing them with the tools to speak out against improper behavior. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis in a sterile way, the GVV curriculum focuses on... Read more →