More On Dexter Suggs’ Academic Dishonesty

At the conclusion of the last post about Little Rock School District Superintendent Dexter Suggs’ problems with plagiarism, I noted that his blatant lifting of pages of material from a 2005 University of Oklahoma was not the only example of what he had done.

That’s because, if you scroll yet again to the bibliography of his dissertation–say, page 116 in the dissertation (118 in the PDF)–you won’t find “Lemke, Cheryl; Coughlin, Edward C. Technology in American Schools: Seven Dimensions for Gauging Progress. A Policymaker’s Guide.” Which, again, is interesting, because Suggs certainly found that source at some point when he was writing his own dissertation:

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I mean, unless we are to believe that Dexter Suggs–he of the “ACT score between 13 and 15“–came up with the exact same verbiage as paid researchers for the Milken Family Foundation. And, honestly, if you believe that, you probably also believe that Dexter Suggs is working in the best interests of the district, so I’m not sure the rest of us can take you seriously, Mr. Hypothetical Person Who Believes Wrong Things.

Wait a second. Milken Family Foundation? As in the same people who gave Suggs an educator of the year award in Indiana in 2007?  He ripped off their work?! Man, that is some serious cajones.

Anyway…I guess that’s the end of it…

Also missing from Suggs’ bibliography is “Coleman, Arlene (2005). High School Hispanic Program Availability in Marion County, Indiana: A Multi-School Case Study.” Which, again, kinda crazy that he would omit, given:

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So, we’re left with two options. In one, Dexter Suggs miraculously came up with the exact same phrasing as three different people, all related to his dissertation topic; in the other, he found three sources that said what he wanted to say, ripped off whole passages from those sources, and didn’t attribute to them at all.


Let’s see…


Yeah, I’m going to go with the second one until proven wrong.

Besides, as a legitimate educator pointed out to me after the first post:

What I also found concerning were the number of quotes used in [the] 27 pages [of the literature review section] – 76 quotes in 27 pages. The general rule is that less than 10% of the paper should consist of direct quotes. When my students hand in papers like this, I give them back and tell them I can’t grade it because its not their words. We teach students to paraphrase (and cite original source) not take the easy way out and just use direct quotes through the entire paper.

I suppose here is where we all hold our collective breath and wonder if Johnny Key will fire Dexter Suggs? Or will he continue the farce that is the current superintendent?




    Academic dishonesty is inconsistent with scholarship and the pursuit of knowledge and Christian character. Thus, Indiana Wesleyan University expects students to be honest in all academic work.
    Students are expected to exhibit honesty in the classroom, in homework and on quizzes and tests. Each instructor should define what constitutes honest work in a specific course. Any deviation from ordinary standards, such as the permitted use of notes for an examination or an “open book” test, should be stated clearly by the instructor.
    Cheating is defined as the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials or receiving unauthorized assistance or communication during any academic exercise. Examples of cheating include:Submitting work for academic evaluation that is not the student’s own.Copying answers from another student during an examination.Using prepared notes or materials during an examination.Permitting another student to copy one’s work.Plagiarism.Falsification.Other misrepresentations of academic achievement submitted for evaluation or a grade.The submission of papers or other work that one has submitted in a previous class or classes without appropriate citation and/or permission of the instructor.
    The Prentice Hall Reference Guide (2006) indicates, “To plagiarize is to include someone else’s writing, information, or idea in a paper and fail to acknowledge what you took by indicating whose work it is” (p. 292). In other words, it is not giving credit where credit is due. Plagiarism is both a moral and ethical offense and sometimes a legal one.
    Examples of plagiarism include:Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks, source citation, or footnotes.Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without citing the source.Failing to acknowledge contribution and collaboration from others.Using information that is not common knowledge without citing the source.Submitting downloaded papers or parts of papers, “cutting and pasting,” or paraphrasing or copying information from Internet sources without proper acknowledgment of a source.
    It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of policies regulating academic conduct including definitions of academic dishonesty, the possible sanctions, and the appeals process.
    Any undergraduate student apprehended and charged with cheating, including plagiarism, during his or her college matriculation, shall receive the following discipline:First incident of cheating: no credit (i.e., no points given) in paper, assignment, or exam.Second incident of cheating: failure in the course involved.Third incident of cheating: dismissal from the university.
    In addition to the above, a graduate student is expected to understand clearly the nature of cheating and is subject to dismissal from the university for any egregious act of academic dishonesty or cheating, without the need to follow the steps listed above. Incidents of cheating and/or plagiarism will be investigated and judged by the appropriate academic leader.
    Because the matter of cheating cumulatively leads to dismissal, faculty are required to report each case to the appropriate university administrators who in turn reports the case to the academic leader of the specific college/school. Unquestionable evidence must be in hand before any action will be taken to confront and accuse a student of cheating.
    A student who is not satisfied with the disciplinary action may follow the grievance and appeal policies of the appropriate academic unit.
    Falsification of Academic Records or University Documents: Falsification of academic records or documents includes but is not limited to altering any documents affecting academic records; forging signatures; or falsifying information of an official document such as a grade report, ID card, financial receipt, or any other official university letter or communication. This includes information downloaded (printed) from student information available via Web (online) services.

  2. liberalchick We need to see the contract to see if there is a character or misrepresentation clause.

  3. So, I called IWU and poked around a bit. I don’t know if this
    matters or not, but he may have been awarded an Ed.D, not a PhD. It is labelled
    differently in various sources. His LRSD app lists a “Doctorate in
    Educational Leadership” but that is not the proper name of the degree.
    Compare the cover sheet of his dissertation to:
    I tried to get the IWU Registrar’s Office to verify the exact title of the
    degree but they would not without his birthday or last 4 of SSN, which I don’t
    have. Maybe you do. Their # is 765-677-2131 x 2.

    Has anyone written to IWU to ask for disciplinary action yet? It seems at the
    very least that he would lose credit for the dissertation, which would in turn
    revoke his degree. I hope you follow this as far as it goes. 

    For fun, note his crappy job application cover letter is always the same.

    [But he told Tuscaloosa he had an Ed.D.]

    After reading about the IWU org leadership program, I really want to see his
    transcript and ask him specifically what he learned in his coursework that he
    is applying here. Just sayin.

  4. An infinite number of people and and an infinite number of typewriters and one of them would write king Lear. It appears that miracle has happened. It is now left to history just who did write it.

  5. Worked with this man in Indiana, not the least bit surprised…. felt sorry for the parents, students, and teachers of Little Rock when he was hired there, and happy for the parents, students, teachers and tax payers of Indianapolis Public Schools when he left.   He was protected and promoted by an equally incompetent superintendent in IPS…Fraternity Brothers

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