Monthly Archives: September 2012

Massive Open Online Cheating?

I think we all saw this coming. I didn’t expect it to be so brazen and open. Inside HigherEd has a story (“Sites offering to take courses for a fee pose risk to online ed“) has a story on web sites advertising that they can take entire online courses for you.

Is it any surprise that when schools tell students that they can take courses in the pajamas from the comfort of their bedroom that they some students wouldn’t take it to the next level?

Sequestration and higher education

Inside Higher Ed has a story (“Sequester would hit higher education programs hard“) on what happens if mandated budget cuts kick in the event Congress can’t negotiate cuts.

Congress has been kicking the can down the road for a while and the chances of another deadlock after the election are pretty good.


A scary set of assumptions

A story in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Today’s Students: Same as Always, but More So“) included a scary set of figures:

Current undergraduates have the most inflated grades in 40 years, but a majority (60 percent) believe their grades understate their academic ability, even though nearly half (45 percent) have had to take remedial courses. (Forty-one percent have grades of A-minus or higher, compared with 7 percent in 1969, and only 9 percent have grades of C or lower, compared with 25 percent in 1969.)

So, the students come into the college classroom expect higher grades while many do not deserve the grades they’ve been given by their K-12.

It sounds like these students are going to have a hard landing in college when they suddenly encounter the kinds of standards many have been shielded from. And we get to give them the bad news.

Ready to start class


I think we’ve all seen this. Students ready to start class but not doing so well on follow up.

Jim’s Journal Comic Strip, September 10, 2012 on