Accountability

Should We Expect Ethics Professors to be Ethical?

A Note About Moral Responsibility I have been wondering whether professors like myself, who are known as ethicists, behave any differently than non-ethicists. After all, if we do not then perhaps we’re not the experts in ethics that we pretend to be. If this is true, what might be the... Read more →


Does it Pay to Graduate From a Prestigious College?

A Cost-Benefit Analysis I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review about a study of the relationship between the university rank and performance of graduates. The students came from 294 universities that ranked from Top 10 to about top 20,000 in the Webometrics global university rankings that rank... Read more →


Should college football go forward?

Weighing the Costs and Benefits We all know the risks to the health and safety of college football players if the season goes on in the midst of the coronavirus. But it’s more than just their physical health at stake. For some, cancelling the season, as has been done in... Read more →


The Ethics of Reopening Colleges and Universities

In-Person versus Remote Learning Within the next month or so most colleges and universities will have decided whether to reopen with in-person classes, online instruction (i.e., remote learning) or a hybrid approach. Increasingly, we are seeing more and more institutions of higher learning turn towards remote instruction fueled in part... Read more →


Case Study for Use to Teach Ethics of the Coronavirus

Ethics and the Coronavirus I am the author of a textbook on Accounting Ethics (see below). I prepared the case below for accounting instructors to teach students about the ethical issues surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. For additional information, including suggested answers to the questions, contact me at: steve@ethicssage.com.... Read more →


The Ethics of Paying a Salary to College Student-Athletes

Is Trading on the Names and Likeness a Good Thing? According to a recent survey of 2,501 college students by platform College Pulse, a majority of students support initiatives to pay college athletes and overwhelmingly support allowing student-athletes to profit off their name and image. Here are the results: 38%... Read more →


Should We Be Concerned That Colleges and Universities are Leasing Facilities?

Unintended Consequences of Public-Private P3 Relationships Recently it was reported that colleges and universities are leasing their campus facilities. Dartmouth University was mentioned as one that is looking for off-campus help building a new heating system and running it. In so doing, Dartmouth joins a growing list of academic institutions... Read more →


The Cancel Culture on College Campuses

Is Free Speech in Jeopardy? What does it mean to “cancel” someone? No, it’s not to cancel a transaction you did online. Today it means to diminish someone’s significance as an influencer by personal boycott, public shaming, or simply shunning them. We call it the “cancel culture,” or” call-out culture.”... Read more →


Ethical Implications of Cheating

How Can We Explain the Scope of Cheating in College? A recent survey published by The International Center for Academic Integrity reports alarming results with respect to cheating by students. More than 70,000 students, both graduates and undergraduates, took part in the study that reported 95 percent of the surveyed... Read more →


What's the Best Way to Teach Ethics?

Advantages of the PLUS Model It’s time for ethics educators to think outside the box. Traditional ethical decision-making models based solely on philosophical reasoning methods may miss the mark because students simply provide the answer they think teachers want to hear by applying one or more of these methods. They... Read more →