Admissions issues

From the Chronicle:

Investigation Uncovers Admissions Scandal at Prestigious University in Uganda, by WACHIRA KIGOTHO

Makerere University, in Uganda, one of the most prestigious universities in Africa, may revoke more than 200 degrees awarded in the past four years after an internal investigation discovered that the students had been enrolled without any evidence that they had met admissions criteria. The scandal, which was described in a report presented last month by an internal committee charged with investigating academic fraud, involved what the university calls “mature” students — those over 25 who do not have high school diplomas. Such applicants are required to pass a proficiency test to enter the university, and the committee found evidence that the results of those tests had been altered to allow test takers with failing scores to be admitted.

So, not great news for the Harvard of Africa. But it seems the blame lies with the administration:

The report blames the registrar’s department, which is responsible for admissions, for lack of internal-control mechanisms to curb serious academic fraud.

It just seems astounding that such a state of affairs could go on for over four years.

In-house Facebook?

According to Business Week, this is what the big companies are now doing, ie providing an internal social networking alternative.

water cooler

By luring employees into a network, companies hope to leverage their skills and contacts. But they also hope that all that collaboration will cut out time that’s now spent mailing documents and e-mailing comments.

A bit optimistic perhaps. Seems questionable whether such homegrown facebook alternatives will actually provide a substitute for the real thing or just an additional channel. And how comprehensive is Sharepoint in any case?