chapter  3
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Academic Ethics: A Systems Approach to Understanding Misconduct and Empowering Change in the Academy


In the previous chapter, Stephen Heyneman posits that corruption is a problem not only for corporations and government, but also for higher education. Heyneman further argues that educational corruption should be of signicant concern because when the means for achieving higher education ends (e.g., providing trained workers, resolving societal ills, and promoting a knowledgeable and educated citizenry) are ethically dubious, then the ends have not been achieved despite artifacts (e.g., the awarding of degrees and diplomas) claiming the contrary. Continuing to ignore the corruption of the means of higher education can result in numerous and pervasive consequences such as the graduation of unethical and unskilled professionals and a loss of public trust in the ability of higher education institutions to fulll their societal obligations.