Paper Mills, Again
Ed Dante’s, The Shadow Scholar, is an article by a paper mill writer, explaining his trade, in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education. The comments below the article itself are a treat, illustrating exactly why we need to talk about this problem openly in Higher Education. Dante’s piece is a bit more detailed, but in the same vein as Nick Mamatas’ article The Term Paper Artist (Oct 2008) which was followed up by an interview with Mamatas on NPR’s On the Media.
Both of these pieces illustrate how our current habits of assessment are desperately in need of revision. Yes, it’s unethical for students to buy custom-made coursework and for paper mills to supply them with it, but the fundamental problem is that universities provide a ready supply of identikit essay topics, formats and assessment criteria that create this market in the first place.