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The Ethics of Making Education Affordable and Accessible

An article in the Journal of Business Ethics that discusses non-traditional education brings forward some interesting points about ethics in the higher educational system. The primary argument discussed whether non-traditional models are moral. Secondary arguments included the need to generate research to be of benefit to society. Below you will find a few points that could have also been included in the paper.  Certainly it is important to consider the secondary outcomes of all educational systems that include research and creative scholarship. The problem is that the characterization of non-traditional schools offering little benefit to society is misplaced. Online universities are now involved in producing research in their respective fields and offering that research for public consumption.  It can be argued that online universities will likely offer more research and publication output in the future as they grow to maturity. A number of online universities are current

Report Indicates Academic Libraries as Innovation Generators

Academic libraries are important for research and innovation. Libraries were once in hard copy form but as technology advanced into the system they took on the form of electronic databases. A report by Sage helps highlight how developing countries are beginning to seek the importance of evaluating their libraries to support research and teaching. These libraries are seen as a method for academic improvement and overall performance.  The report used surveys and interviews to triangulate information. The study took six months of data and came to some conclusions about the growing use and need for electronic libraries in developing nations. They found that many libraries and university staff were not aware of the potential benefits of their libraries. The inter-connectivity of the internet and improved bandwidth is creating content rich libraries. The report has a few recommendations: Communication: Research libraries should try and connect with other libraries and crea