ERIC Number: ED187161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Integrity of Higher Education. (Fifty-sixth American Assembly, March 29-April, 1979, Arden House, Harriman, New York).
American Assembly, New York, NY.
A report on the integrity of higher education concludes that public confidence in higher education has eroded in recent years, due to both internal and external problems. The ethical behavior of educators can and should be called into question whenever breaches of conduct occur, such as: plagiarism by both teachers and students; exploitation by faculty and administrators of graduate students and teaching assistants; "double-dipping" by academic professionals from several grant sources for the same labors performed; undisclosed selling of identical scholarly works to more than one publication; institutional acquiescence to groups who would deny open discourse on controversial subjects; denial of information by college administrators to faculty and students; faculty departures from rigorous peer appraisal of colleagues; conflicts of interests between teaching, consulting and publishing endeavors; grade inflation; and the unjustified imposition of prerequisites. Each of these breaches of ethical conduct jeopardizes the freedom and integrity of academic institutions everywhere, especially in the eyes of the public and governmental regulators. Over 30 recommendations for improving the ethical conduct of academic institutions are proposed for institutions, faculty, students, and government officials. Careful monitoring of academic requirements, financial resources, student enrollments and accreditation policies is suggested. A summary list of the background papers used is provided, as is a list of assembly participants. (DC)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrators, College Faculty, College Students, Credibility, Educational Policy, Ethics, Government Employees, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Integrity, Moral Issues, Reputation, Researchers, Responsibility, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Behavior
The American Assembly, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Assembly, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Conflict of Interest
Note: Report to be included as chapters in "Disorders in Higher Education" (eds. Bolman and Walton), Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632.