I am reading this article with trepidation mixed with relief: What One College Did to Crack Down on Shoddy Transfer Credits – Athletics – The Chronicle of Higher Education. This comes together with another article about the gory details of the widespread schemes to “help” athletes meet the NCAA requirements.
- Good for you, Mt. San Antonio! They did their homework, they compared courses, and they took a stance. In my position as course lead for a GenEd biology course I have received occasional request for course transfers, and trust me it takes its time and effort.
- I am so glad that I am not responsible for math courses.
- Feeling good that I put my foot down and implemented randomized questions in online exams.
- Hm. Is this something I should worry about?
While these articles are more focused on schemes related to athletes, for me it is another warning sign. I have been aware for quite a while that one can buy complete assignments online. As others, I was also shocked by the Chronicle article about the shadow scholar (and here he is coming out). In that update (more than 2 years ago) many in the comment thread talked about the “industry trend.”
A little while ago I was referred to the website Fiverr as a place to get technical stuff done (for example, a website design etc). Poking around I found a number of references to “I will do your CS homework for you” and with a premonition, typed in “biology.”
Well check out for yourself: the results of the search.