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August 2013

What should we make of President Obama’s Proposal to Rate Colleges to Curb Tuition Costs?

Obama’s Ideas are misguided and poorly conceived A draft of the proposal, obtained by The New York Times and likely to cause some consternation among colleges, shows a plan to rate colleges before the 2015 school year based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and... Read more →

Government reaches out to SNAP-Eligible Citizens to Apply for Benefits

Is the U.S. Economy Sustainable with the Current Levels of Government Assistance Payments? An ethical question I ask my students is whether the government should proactively seek out people who may be SNAP-eligible to apply for the “food stamp benefits” available under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The broader... Read more →

The Ethics of Student use of Adderall

Adderall Usage on College Campuses Reaching Epidemic Proportions Last Saturday Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that Kansas City infielder, Miguel Tejada, received a 105-game suspension for using a banned substance – Adderall. Tejada claims he had a valid prescription to use the drug but let the approval expire. That may... Read more →

JobsOhio Program Violates Ethics Standards Conflicts of Interest Raise Questions about Governor Kasich’s JobsOhio Program The JobsOhio program is under investigation once again. I have previously blogged about independence questions raised with respect to the audit of the program by KPMG. As the state’s lead economic-development agency, Jobs-Ohio is charged... Read more →

Should College Athletes be paid?

Compensating College Athletes for their Revenue-Producing Activities is an idea whose Time has come Perhaps you have heard about former UCLA basketball player, Ed O'Bannon's, lawsuit against the NCAA, Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company, which challenges whether college athletes' likenesses can be used for profit without the athletes themselves... Read more →

Fraud at Bank of America

Subprime Mortgage Fraud Allegations Hit Bank of America The disgraceful actions of so many banks and financial institutions in the subprime mortgage mess that ushered in the financial crisis of 2007-2008 finally hit Bank of America. On August 6, 2013, the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission sued... Read more →