Phi Beta Cons

Selling Class Notes, Cont’d.

I agree with Vic Brown that reading about selling of class notes (one company has 118,000 subscribers) is like reading the Onion.

Buying notes doesn’t rise (or fall) to the level of cheating, but it evokes an image of students skipping class, neglecting homework, and seeking a rescue late at night before the exam. (The busiest time for buying notes is 1 am, says Luvo, a note-selling company that has about 118,000 subscribers.) Sellers of notes earn about $400 a semester, reports BloombergBusiness.

The students who write the notes are benefiting twice—they learn more because they are writing good notes, and they earn money. It’s the other students who are multiple losers. But given what we hear about students these days, it doesn’t really seem strange at all—rather, an all too natural evolution.

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...


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