Monday, November 22

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Google Apps E-Mail/Calendar Training Session for those already converted
Olin 109

1:30 - 2:30 PM - Google Apps E-Mail/Calendar Training Session for those already converted
Olin 109

4:00 PM - Winter Term 2012-13 Holden Village LC Meeting with Paul Olsen
Tredway Library, PBK Room (Northeast corner, 2nd floor)

5:30 - 7:00 PM - Augustana Interfaith Understanding Group
Pizza and salad will be served. Please RSVP to Richard Priggie
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

6:00 PM - Study in France Informational Meeting
Denkmann 215

6:00 PM - Study in Ecuador Informational Meeting
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, November 23

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - President Steve Bahls
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

11:30 AM - London/Australia Internships Informational Meeting
Evald 17 & 18

8:00 PM - Honors Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, November 24

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie
Bring your lunch, if you wish, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

6:00 PM - Thanksgiving Break Begins (no classes)

Thursday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 26

Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 27

No events scheduled

Sunday, November 28

No events scheduled


Volume 8 - Issue 13 - November 22, 2010

This Week's Message

Lying, Cheating, and Plagiarism...Oh MY! 


No, this brief post is not about Oz. Rather it is about what happens across academia even back in Kansas and Illinois. There are, unfortunately, many wizards manipulating words behind the curtains of the custom-essay companies.  Regrettably, their expensive, custom-crafted papers may be coming across our desks more often than we realize.

"The Shadow Scholar," published in The Chronicle Review on Friday, November 12, has generated more comments than "any in recent memory." (As of Sunday evening (11/21) there were 510 comments).  The flourishing debate prompted The Chronicle to host a live chat with the author this past Wednesday.  I was asked to introduce you to this wide-reaching national conversation with hope that we might consider the author's assertions in the context of our institution and our local academic culture.

Briefly, this article, written by a paid ghost writer of academic papers of all sorts from high school through (believe it or not) doctoral dissertations, explains how students are able to contract with companies to secure assignment-specific papers.  In fact, for a rather lavish price, the ghost writer will submit proposals and multiple drafts so that even professors who engage in "process writing" can be duped.  Since the papers are unique and come with accurate citations, it is very difficult to detect this form of cheating.

I found the article to be a disturbing, yet fascinating, read. Several of us have read and informally chatted about this article.  The author's premise is that we, the faculty and our institutions with our over-emphasis on grades rather than learning, bear much of the blame for this rampant cheating.  I hope you will be compelled to read the article "The Shadow Scholar." You may also wish to read  the comments which follow it and/or the transcript of last Wednesday's Live Chat with an Academic Mercenary


Chuck Hyser
Professor, Education Department