ERIC Number: ED221107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Academic Fraud: A Threat to Quality.
Gubser, Lyn; Millard, Richard M.
The issue of academic fraud is addressed in a transcript from a three-part series entitled "Degrees for Sale" from the "Donahue on Today" television show, and two essays drawn from presentations at the 1981 annual conference of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The essays are "Stopping Fraud and Ensuring Quality," by Lyn Gubser, and "Quality on Campus: Whose Responsibility?" by Richard M. Millard. The "Donahue on Today" segments concern mail-order degrees by accredited and nonaccredited institutions, responsibility for accreditation, and related legal and ethical issues. The interviewees in the segments were Lyn Gubser, Vannoy Thompson, and Richard Crews. The first essay concerns regulation of fraudulent and marginal institutions and degree-granting practices. Unprecedented challenges in educational quality control are foreseen in this technological age. The second essay addresses the question of who is responsible for educational quality control, and suggests that institutions and administrators, not accrediting agencies, should be. To strengthen accreditation and the credibility of the academic community, academe can do five things: (1) stop treating accrediting agencies as sources of harassment; (2) make self-study and peer review an integral part of ongoing self-assessment; (3) maintain consistency and support of agencies' work; (4) avoid selective use of accreditation process results; and (5) help make faculties, trustees, students, alumni, legislators, and the general public more aware of accreditation's role. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Administrator Responsibility, Broadcast Television, College Presidents, Degrees (Academic), Educational Quality, Fraud, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Legal Responsibility, Professional Associations, Public Opinion, School Responsibility, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Legislation, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.