INSIDE HIGHER ED: The Crisis of Corruption

Without question, the very large majority of academic institutions, students, and professors are honest and focused on education and research in difficult times. But one might be tempted to think that higher education is rife with corruption of all kinds. Only recently, the following incidents were reported—South Africa shut down 42 bogus colleges and universities; 210 degree mills were exposed in China; the respected American journal Science withdrew a widely circulated article that was based on faulty data; the American government announced that it is prosecuting 15 Chinese nationals accused of cheating the college entrance examination system in a scam that included false passports (An official said that the problem goes far beyond these students and is not limited to China.).

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