Someone uploaded 340 college and high school essays onto Mininova, one
of the more popular peer-to-peer bittorent download sites. I am
bringing this to your attention along with the titles of all the essays
so you and all our educational colleagues might be aware that they are
out there for free download and passing on as a student’s work. I have
put the three pages of essays in alpha title order by page to make it a
bit easier to check against.
Yes, I am 100% pro-student and academic customer service is what I
preach and teach to colleges and universities. But as I keep telling
everyone, academic customer service does not in any way mean pandering
to or coddling students. As I discuss in The Power of Retention,
academic customer service is not giving students high grades for
mediocre work. Nor allowing plagiarizing. Permitting plagiarizing does
not provide any service to a student not the learning process.
Nor am I providing this list as a statement against Mininova,
bittorents or downloading. This list of potential essays that could be
passed in as a student’s own work is to alert us all to be aware that
these could show up in your class. As of the time of this posting, none
were being actively downloaded but some may have already been. You can
find the entire essays by going to http://www.mininova.org/search/essay/name/1 May want to check your own school’s policies before you download any of these essays being offered.
– Neal Raisman, PhD