Corruption in Higher Education Appears to Be on the Rise Globally, Report Says

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Vanderbilt U.

Stephen P. Heyneman, a professor of international-education policy at Vanderbilt U.: "In some instances, corruption has invaded whole systems of higher education and threatens the reputation of research products and graduates, regardless of their guilt or innocence."

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Vanderbilt U.

Stephen P. Heyneman, a professor of international-education policy at Vanderbilt U.: "In some instances, corruption has invaded whole systems of higher education and threatens the reputation of research products and graduates, regardless of their guilt or innocence."

Corruption in higher education is nothing new, probably existing since the first college opened its doors. But as more people around the world seek college degrees, there's evidence that bribes for grades, admissions fraud, and other corrupt practices are on the rise.

"We're certainly discovering more of it," said Stephen P. Heyneman, a professor of international-education policy at Vanderbilt University and a former education official with the World Bank. "Whether that's because