Higher Ed ethics

Is Student Debt Relief Ethical?

Analyzing the Benefits, Harms, and Public Good Last month President Biden announced that he will be using executive action to implement a broad student loan forgiveness initiative that will wipe out $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 per year (or $250,000 per year if... Read more →


Can Ethics Be Taught to College Students?

Expectations and Realities I have blogged before about how to teach ethics to college students. There is no one best way to do so and a variety of methods have been tried. But first, we need to consider what the goals should be of teaching ethics to college students. Here... Read more →


Which Side are They on? Do Auditors Still Protect the Public?

Accounting Ethics Symposium I am participating in a panel discussion on July 31 in San Diego at the Ethics Symposium sponsored by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. Accounting educators should consider attending because critical issues will be discussed about the past, present, and future direction of... Read more →


Ethical Issues of the NCAA Transfer Portal

Is it a Good Thing for Collegiate Athletics? The Transfer Portal was created as a way for student athletes to transfer from one NCAA school to another and not have to sit out one year. It seems to have created a ‘monster,’ in the sense that competition for student athletes... Read more →


Why Do Universities Lie About Program Information?

Examining the Ethical Issues I have previously blogged about doctored program information submitted by four prominent universities—Rutgers University, Temple University, Claremont McKenna College, and Iona College. The goal was to make their programs look better to university rating outlets such as U.S. News & World Report. Now, along comes a... Read more →


Why Do Colleges and Universities Report False Data About Their Programs?

The Name of the Game is to Get Higher Rankings A lawsuit charges that Rutgers Business School sought to improve its rankings by creating bogus temporary jobs for graduating MBA students. This isn’t the first time a major university played games with its statistics to make them look better in... Read more →


What Can Be Done About Student Cheating?

Lessons From the Front Lines Perhaps you read last week that David Berkovitz, a Professor at Chapman University in Orange, California, is suing his own students after he discovered that his midterm and final exams had been uploaded to a popular website. Berkovitz, who teaches business law at Chapman University,... Read more →


Teaching Ethics and AI in the Business School Curriculum

Ethics, Accountability, and Risk Analysis Several months ago, a research paper that I had written was published in Strategic Finance. I read it over last night and decided to extract some of the material for today’s blog. AI is transforming the role of accounting and finance professionals in unprecedented ways,... Read more →


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 →