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ERIC Number: EJ1081557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 2
For Whom the Business Bell Tolls: Honors in America
Portnoy, Jeffrey A.
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v15 n1 p45-48 Spr-Sum 2014
Fiscal responsibility matters at institutions of higher learning, especially when they are public and supported by taxpayers, but colleges are not businesses. The consequences of fiscal irresponsibility profoundly affect students, faculty, and staff, as well as teaching, research, and service activities. This essay gives a brief history of the financial mismanagement at Georgia Perimeter College, and discusses how fiscal responsibility, while critical, serves as only one barometer for assessing a business or a college. Moral and ethical behavior matters as well. Jeffrey Portnoy, director of the honors program at Georgia Perimeter College, describes an incident in which his name was added, without his knowledge or consent, in correspondence from American Honors, implying his endorsement of American Honors. His response involved seeking legal counsel and composing a letter to the president of American Honors demanding they cease and desist from including him or his name in the future. In taking a stand against authority, he hopes to serve as a model for his students. He wants them to challenge authority, to speak and act when they perceive that a process and subsequent results have gone awry.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Educational Finance, Money Management, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Colleges, Moral Issues, Ethics, Legal Problems, Informed Consent, Justice, Reputation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, College Administration, Administrator Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia