Professor accused of peddling non-credit for credit

We sometimes get requests to mix credit and non-credit students in the same class.  I typically refuse.  Technically, it can be done, as long the course requirements are not identical and that the credit students do--essentially--more academic work.  But I try to avoid it because it's always something that can bite you in the rear end.  Like here, at Portland State.  Of course, at PSU, the professor is accused of issuing his own transcripts.  Hmmm.  On the other hand, there is such a thing as non-credit transcripts.

PSU at odds with former business professor over international program
The institute offered the one-year, non-credit program in partnership with China's Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and three other Chinese universities, according to Mack's letter. Chinese students spent an undergraduate year taking classes at PSU. Mack said they paid reduced tuition because they were enrolled in a "non-credit certificate program."

But Molander represented the courses as for-credit, Mack wrote, issuing transcripts reflecting that. "These so-called 'transcripts' were created by Professor Molander," Mack wrote, "and made to appear to be official PSU documents."

Students who received Chinese degrees based on the courses used their credentials for admission to U.S. graduate business programs, including at PSU, Mack wrote.

Molander says that at Chinese universities' insistence, his institute referred to courses in terms of the number of credits that would be equivalent. Records were identified clearly as interim grades, he said. Chinese seniors don't need credits because they spend their final year writing theses, he said.

PSU's School of Business Administration, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, continues to operate the program -- which is now offered for-credit, Broderick said.


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