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Honor Code Trumps Honesty for College Kids

Author: Marty Pasternak Posted: October 17th, 2012

Students attending colleges with honor codes cheat less than students who attend colleges that don’t have honor codes. This is the conclusion of a Rutgers University professor of management who specializes in student integrity.

Is this groundbreaking news/research? Did this report require a sophisticated survey instrument and a complex computer model to determine? Will the next press release come from a Criminal Justice professor proving cities with police forces have lower crime rates than cities that don’t?

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Learn to Make a Living and Have a Life?

Author: Marty Pasternak Posted: August 20th, 2012

Read a book review the other day – book “review” because with my oldest child heading off to college (freshman!) in a week and a half there’s no time or patience to read even a chapter much less a whole book.  The book reviewed was College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco.

According to the reviewer a primary focus of the book is how the value of a liberal arts education is being crushed or ignored by large research universities – and even at some traditionally liberal arts colleges too – in favor of science and other more quantitative and revenue generating disciplines.
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University-branded debit cards? Beware!

Author: Marty Pasternak Posted: July 20th, 2012

Recently read a disturbing article about university branded debit cards being marketed aggressively to college students at 900 colleges/universities as a quick and efficient delivery system for their student loan funds. Like an Elmo doll to a toddler these cards are often 1-Stop-Shopping – school ID, ATM, debit-card, library card, security card, and stored value card for meal plans and/or vending machines. But underneath the slick graphics and marketing they are TROUBLE.
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