Tuesday, 29 January 2013

What will happen to Steve Keen?

I was both amused and amazed by the University of Western Sydney's approach to handling a problematic staff member, Steve Keen. By referring him to the ICAC for his threat to pass all third-year economics students, I wonder if they will open themselves up to a wider investigation into soft marking, such as that reported by The Australian and in meld magazine.

As is pointed out in the latter report, many Australian institutions accept international students with IELTS scores of Band 6, which is only a medium level of English. And this can lead to pressure for soft marking. As Anna Ko says
If universities do not want to practice soft marking, they should raise their admission standards.
Disclosure: the author is an employee of the University of Western Australia, and the views expressed are those of the author and not those of the University.

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