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Who’d have thought that polite Canadians would be the first to bust their TA unions?

U of T and York this week both publicly stated that it was okay to substitute peer grading for qualified TA work, multiple choice (read: scantron) for complex exams, and (egregiously and so far only at U of T) the option of taking your class pass/fail … after the final grades have been handed out. This is in flagrant opposition to general principles of academic integrity.

Guys, why not just put a big flashing sign on your foreheads that says “DIPLOMA MILL“? At this point, U of T actually meets the first half of the definition offered by the Higher Education Act of the United States:

DIPLOMA MILL- The term `diploma mill’ means an entity that–
(A)(i) offers, for a fee, degrees, diplomas, or certificates, that may be used to represent to the general public that the individual possessing such a degree, diploma, or certificate has completed a program of postsecondary education or training; and (ii) requires such individual to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain such degree, diploma, or certificate

The second half (part B) is about accreditation. The University of Toronto and York are both accredited by the Ministry of Colleges, Training, and Universities of Ontario (MCTU). Maybe it’s time to give them a call and remind them to DO THEIR JOB(Update: apparently other provinces do their due diligence…)


Meanwhile, is it any wonder that no one wants to hire a recent graduate?