Friday, July 30, 2010

Did plagiarism epidemic shut down U.S. program in China?

Centenary College in Jew Jersey is a Tier 4 Master Level institution on the 'Best Colleges 2010' of the US News and World Report.  Translated into layman's language, the school ranked the very bottom in the US.  The same school just announced that it had severed its tie to its own satellite campuses in Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan because of prevailing academic misconduct over there in China.  The Seagull was profoundly puzzled by the announcement because 1) by and large, Chinese students are less likely to commit academic fraud than their western counterparts, for example, those enrolled in the New Jersey campus of the Centenary College.  2) Many other more prominent colleges and universities had opened physical campuses in China, none of them had found some problem.

An article on the popyard pointed to a possible motivation.  Amid the recent controversy triggered by a celebrity (Tang Jun) buying phony degrees from diploma mills in the US, the Education Ministry in China just issued an ordnance that diplomas received from remote education programs offered by oversea institutions would not be recognized.

According to Centenary College's own statement, the tuition of its MBA program in China costs $1,200 in total.  This is below cost either China or US standard, and even cheaper than that of a real diploma mill.  No wonder.

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