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Analysis and advice on questions and issues of individual ethics and institutional integrity, from Jane Robbins.

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February 23, 2015 - 11:02am
A reader inquires about the ethics of a university president who publishes ghostwritten scholarly work.
July 25, 2013 - 5:22pm
Addressing another anonymous question regarding academic nepotism from those who are left to confront the practical, and real, organizational quandaries it presents.
July 17, 2013 - 6:59pm
Unfortunately, though, the second-home scandal at NYU is just a particularly egregious extension of the dysfunctional human resource practices in higher education generally, and a sad comment on who is being attracted to academia these days -- and why.
June 27, 2013 - 1:39pm
Nepotism is just one form of inconsistent hiring practice that breeds distrust, pushing hiring practice into the realm of organizational ethics.
June 5, 2013 - 4:53pm
The hiring of spouses and friends is not merely transactional; it affects organizational climate.
May 30, 2013 - 3:58pm
What if any responsibility do institutions have to help their adolescent students benefit from college, beyond its entertainment value?
May 23, 2013 - 6:19pm
Here is an opportunity for universities to stand up for what they say they do: research for the public good. NIH: you too.
April 8, 2013 - 10:01am
The question of whether computers should grade work is a question of professional ethics. Those who teach should be clear about what makes them professionals: their ability to judge.
March 25, 2013 - 7:47pm
As the fundamental purpose of MOOCs evolves, so do the ethical questions that surround them.
March 8, 2013 - 5:55pm
Hype over research carries important risks to trust, public decision making—and funding. Overpromising is unethical and imprudent.

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