Teaching ethics

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 →


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 →


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 →