Higher education ethics Feed

What is Blogging Ethics

Becoming an Influencer I’ve been blogging for about 15 years and have developed a code of ethics, taken in part from those who have been there, done that, and my own experiences. Given this relatively new way to communicate on social media, perhaps my observations will help others with similar... Read more →


What are the ethical obligations of a school district and the teachers’ union to its students during the pandemic?

Cancel Culture at Work Again It appears the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education (SFUSD) has plenty of time to vote on changing the names of schools but not enough to ensure that the districts’ schools can open safely. Rather than spend time figuring out the best (safest)... Read more →


What are the Challenges of Switching to E-Learning During COVID-19?

Creating an Effective E-Learning Environment Imagine if the pandemic had hit five years ago. We would not have been able to switch to an online course structure with no live interaction. That would have been a true disaster. It’s hard enough to engage students in the learning experience, but since... Read more →


Why Do Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things?

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance Have you ever wondered why people you know who seem to be paragons of virtue sometimes deviate from ethical norms and do the wrong thing? Just about everybody knows such a person. But, what causes them to act that way in a particular situation? I... Read more →


NCAA Must Take Sexual Abuse Charges Against LSU Football Player Seriously

The Failure to Establish an Ethical Culture The culture of an organization sets the tone whether it fosters ethical behavior or something else. In ethics, we say the “tone at the top” establishes the basis for an ethical culture. In the case of former LSU football standout, Derrius Guice, the... Read more →


Challenges to Ethical Behavior For Ethicists

My Ethical Dilemma I have previously blogged about whether we should expect ethics professors to be ethical. In reading up on this issue, I found an interesting study on why ethics professors don’t behave better. The results made me worry about what might be happening to ethicists and whether they... Read more →


Operation Varsity Blues Revisited

Analyzing Motives for Behavior What motivates a parent to bribe key people to get their kid admitted to a prestigious university? That is the ethical question of “Operation Varsity Blues.” In March 2019, the story broke of an alarming fraudulent scheme by parents to pay off middleman, William “Rick” Singer,... Read more →


Teaching the Ethics of the Coronavirus

What College Students Should Know Everyone is caught up in the coronavirus outbreak whether as a health professional, government official, owner/CEO of a business and its employees, or average citizen. Many ethical issues exist about the way we have handled the crisis. Personal responsibility is important as is how we... Read more →


Why is College Tuition So High?

Explosion of “Support Services” Breaks the Budget We hear it all the time during the Democratic debates. College tuition is too high; students are burdened with overwhelming debt; and state support is lacking. This is all true. Having taught at the university level for about 40 years, I’ve come to... Read more →


Stop the Madness: We Need to Reverse the Widening Achievement Gap Between U.S. and Chinese Students  

PISA Assessment Scores are Troubling The results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are in and it is bad news for the U.S. U.S. teenagers still lag much of the rest of the developed world in scores covering math, reading and science. Moreover, there is a widening gap... Read more →