Applicants should come clean about cheating allegations, colleges say

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Applicants should come clean about cheating allegations, colleges say
News from Los Angeles Times:

The recent expulsions of 11 students from an Orange County high school because of a cheating scandal appeared to be a forceful stand against academic dishonesty. But that discipline also has focused attention on the murkier questions about whether, and how, colleges should be informed about applicants’ histories of misbehavior.

College admissions officials say the expelled students and others in similar situations should come clean quickly to schools they’ve applied to, and they should be prepared for the consequences, including the possibility of having acceptance letters revoked. Colleges are more likely to consider leniency if students confess upfront and promise better behavior rather than try to evade detection, they say.

The students’ self-reporting is important because high schools are increasingly reluctant to inform colleges about disciplinary issues and expulsions, experts say. Some high schools are under parental pressure, even with lawsuits, to keep those matters confidential. Colleges, meanwhile, want the truth about potential freshmen and will pursue hints of trouble, such as mid-year transfers to new high schools.

It is a murky area governed more by professional courtesy than any legal rules, experts say.

“This would be a time for a student to explain himself or herself,” said Philip A. Ballinger, the

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Online higher education growing by ‘leaps and bounds’
News from Washington Observer Reporter:

Sherry Yancosek always dreamed of obtaining her master’s degree, but it was a personal goal that seemed just out of reach.

Then, by chance, things fell into place. Yancosek – who splits a busy work schedule between Washington Hospital as a nurse on the critical care unit and the Penn Commercial business and technology school as a program coordinator of practical nursing – was required to complete a higher degree in order to continue on in her position as program coordinator.

Having graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Yancosek revisited her alma mater to see what they had to offer.

“I wanted something that would work with my schedule,” Yancosek, 60, of Washington, said.

Although skeptical, she decided to give Cal U. Global Online a try.

“I was thinking, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’” she said. “I’m not self-directed enough. But because of availability and the fact that it allowed me to do it on my own time, I decided to give it a try.”

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