Higher Ed ethics

Are Grades Ethical? The Ethics Sage Replies

Ethics IS a Critical Thinking Skill I recently read an article in an online publication Cardinal Points, which is a weekly publication of Plattsburg State University. I was drawn to the piece because of its title: Are Grades Ethical? This is an important issue and one that deserves our attention,... Read more →


Is a UCLA Professor Racist For Refusing to Be Lenient With Give Black Students Following the Death of George Floyd?

What Are the Ethical Issues? A University of California (UCLA) professor, Gordon Klein, who teaches financial analysis, law, and public policy at UCLA, filed a lawsuit on against the University on September 27. He claims UCLA was attempting to depict him as a racist in an attempt to improve the... 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 →


EDI Courses in Higher Education: Are They Doing Any Good?

Boise State's Experiences Last month it was announced that Boise State University was suspending a course following allegations that the in-class instruction had humiliated and degraded some students over their beliefs and values. The suspension affected roughly 1,300 students in 52 sections of UF 200: Foundations of Ethics and Diversity,... Read more →


Are Teacher Evaluations Useful?

The Good and the Bad I recently read a study by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching that provides a useful perspective on the usefulness of teacher evaluations. Students have been evaluating teaching performance for many years so the time is right to reflect on the findings. As a professor emeritus... Read more →


Developing Soft Skills In Higher Education

The Key to Saving Society From Itself Most educators are aware of the importance of technical skills in fields like accounting, computer technology, engineering, finance, and the sciences but do not necessarily recognize the importance of “soft skills” to carry out technical skills in a way that communicates personal values... Read more →


Creating an Immersive Experience and Active Participation of Students in E-Learning During COVID-19

Engaging Students With Online Instruction My “Ethics Sage” blog this past Tuesday addressed some of the questions for instructors in preparing to create e-Learning experiences using Zoom. Here are those questions. What techniques are available for E-Learning? What are the limitations of E-Learning? How can we develop and nurture an... Read more →


Tips for Teaching Ethics

Why Ethics Education is So Important Today! Earlier this week I blogged about “What Should Be the Goals of Ethics Education”? In today’s blog I expand on those thoughts to address tips for teaching ethics. First, let’s look at whether the way ethics is traditionally taught is the best approach.... Read more →