What is a “Scholarly Source”?

1. What is a “Scholarly Source”?
2. We will look at the proper use of quoting and paraphrasing. No more
than 15-20% of your final paper ought to include source support, but
how you use that source support is very important. Next, complete this
week’s discussion, as follows. Using Thomas Lord’s essay “What? I Failed? But I Paid for Those Credits!
Problems of Students Evaluating Faculty” Complete the chart provided.
Please note you should avoid any use of signal phrases (attribution tags).
While these can be useful in writing your research, the overuse of this
practice takes away from your ability to have a voice in the paper. What? I Failed? But I paid for Those Credits!
Problems of students Evaluating Faculty*
By Thomas Lord
Late one afternoon several days ago, I was startled by a loud rap on my
office door. When I opened it, I immediately recognized a student from the
previous semester clutching the grade slip he had just received in the mail.
Sensing his anger and frustration, I invited him in to discuss his scores. I was
surprised that he had not anticipated the failing grade because his exam
scores were abysmal, his class work was marginal, and his attendance was
sporadic. When I scooted my chair over to my computer to open the course’s
spreadsheet to review his grade, he told me he didn’t have an argument with
the test, class, and attendance records. His reason for coming to see me was
to ask how he could get his refund. He had, after all, paid for the credits,
right? I was astonished. In all my years in higher education, this was the first
time I had been asked for a refund.
A day later over lunch, a colleague remarked that with the nation’s
troublesome economy, many universities have turned to the business model
of running the institution. “The business model,” he acknowledged, “focuses
on financial efficiency while maintaining a quality product.” “Perhaps so,” another colleague responded, “but the principal
foundation of the business model is the notion of satisfying the customer.
Because the products of a college are its graduates, it requires the college to
meet their expectations for both a quality education and a gratifying
experience. This is nearly impossible if the college wants to retain its
integrity and high standards.”
*“What? I Failed? But I Paid for Those Credits! Problems of Students
Evaluating Faculty” by Thomas Lord from Journal of College Science
Teaching, November/December 2008. Used by permission of the National
Science Teachers Association.

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