Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

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Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Controversy.Com

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AMES, Iowa -- A new Web site that pays students at 70 colleges and universities all across the country to post course notes online so that other students can reap the rewards has hit a hitch here at Iowa State University.

Several instructors have complained that selling class notes without permission from professors violates university policy. "We expect students to abide by this as a rule of ethics," says Paul Tanaka, Iowa State's director of legal services.

Some Iowa State professors have complained that they don't want their classroom musings included in the online notes. And Tanaka contends that knowing a paid note-taker for StudentU.com is in class could stifle class discussions.

Marcia Prior-Miller, an associate professor at Iowa State's journalism school, calls the Web site launched last month the "short view and the unethical view" of education and an "abuse of the intellectual university environment."

But the site's creator and officials at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, from which notes also are posted, disagree.

"Students should be encouraged to go as many places as they can to get as much information as they can," says John Folkins, the University of Iowa's associate provost for undergraduate education. "Notes are really the student's interpretation. One could say the more different representatives of material, the better."

John Soloski, the director of the University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says he supports the concept but adds that he was "appalled by how bad the notes are. …

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