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ERIC Number: ED071578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-15
Pages: 9
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Commercial Theme-Writing Services.
Trexler, Joan; Kent, Laura
This survey of the Higher Education Panel (HEP) of the American Council on Education was conducted in response to the growing concern among many members of the academic community about the threat posed to our higher education system by a new commercial service for college students, the theme writing firm. These companies make available to students, for a fee, term papers and, in some cases, even master's theses. Of the 441 institutions that completed and returned the HEP questionnaire, only 125 (28%) said that commercial theme writing services did in fact advertise to their students. Public and private universities and public 4-year colleges have been hardest hit by the theme writing services, with private 4-year colleges and public and private 2-year institutions being less vulnerable. In those few cases where penalties for use of the services were imposed, they were more likely to take the form of a failing grade in the course or an administrative reprimand than of suspension or expulsion. Of the 125 institutions, 48 reported that they had taken no action designed to dissuade or discourage from using the services, and in no case were civil proceedings instituted against either the student or the company. The states of New York, California, and Massachusetts have initiated action to close down such firms, and other states are expected to take such action. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.