Professor Says Arizona State Forced Him to Fail Students. The University Says That’s ‘Unequivocally Wrong.’ – The Chronicle of Higher Education
At 10:48 a.m. on Thursday, an Arizona State University professor hit “send” on an email that has since gone viral, detailing what he alleges is the corrupt assessment of students in the university’s economics department.
Brian Goegan, a clinical assistant professor of economics in the business school, sent the message to his students saying that the university required students to use MindTap, a program by Cengage that charges students money to turn in homework and gain access to course materials. That arrangement, Goegan said, was made to persuade Cengage to give the university a “large monetary grant.” He said this was a “pet project” of Mark Searle, ASU’s provost. To ensure its success, Goegan said, professors teaching three courses were required to fail 30 percent of their students to make the provost’s program look good.
Goegan wrote that he was fired after raising concerns with Amy Hillman, dean of economics, about the “highly unethical” practices of fail quotas and unnecessary charges for students. Hillman did not respond to a request for comment.