Kennesaw State wins two major international awards for academic integrity

Left to right: Teddi Fishman, director of ICAI; Jason Casares, Indiana University; …

Georgia (Apr 15, 2015)

Left to right: Teddi Fishman, director of ICAI; Jason Casares, Indiana University; Michael Goodwin, Kennesaw State University; Tammy Durant, Metropolitan State University; Michelle Filkins, Metropolitan State University; Douglas Knowlton, Metropolitan State University; and Tracey Bretag, University of South Australia, president of ICAI Executive Board.


International Center for Academic Integrity recognizes individual and campus efforts

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 16, 2015) — Kennesaw State University has been recognized with two major international awards by the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) at its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The ICAI presented the Campus of Integrity Award to Kennesaw State for “extraordinary contributions to the field by upholding scholarly standards and/or improving the quality of education on an institutional or larger scale.”

In bestowing the award the organization stated, “The International Center for Academic Integrity is proud to recognize Kennesaw State University as a 2015 Campus of Integrity. In particular, Kennesaw State has demonstrated its dedication to upholding the values of academic integrity by becoming the institutional home of our U.S. Southeast Regional Consortium, hosting annual regional conferences that attract representatives from dozens of institutions, and serving as an influential regional hub for promoting integrity and deterring academic misconduct.”

The group presented the Waldvogel Exemplar of Integrity Award to Michael A. Goodwin, coordinator of Kennesaw State’s Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI). According to the ICAI, the Waldvogel Exemplar of Integrity Award is “given to an individual who demonstrates courage and perseverance in championing the ideals of academic integrity in the face of opposition and/or adversity.”

Kennesaw State Vice President for Student Affairs Jerome Ratchford praised Goodwin’s selection.

“In honoring Michael Goodwin, the ICAI took note of his presentation on the best practices of Kennesaw State's academic misconduct resolution model to the international conference and his ongoing efforts to work effectively to promote academic integrity at a campus, regional and international level,” Ratchford said.

The organization also recognized Goodwin’s leadership as the director for the Southeast Consortium of the ICAI and his tireless efforts in spearheading this past fall’s regional conference.

“Michael has been an exceptional partner of the International Center for Academic Integrity for many years, and we are delighted to recognize his achievements with the Waldvogel Exemplar of Integrity Award in 2015,” the organization stated. “His dedication to upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity are most apparent through his fair and impartial overseeing of academic misconduct cases at KSU, his recurring presentations and volunteer work at ICAI annual conferences, and his leadership role with ICAI's Southeast Regional Consortium.”

According to the ICAI, Waldvogel Exemplar of Integrity Award nominees may be teachers, administrators, staff or scholars who have made outstanding contributions in promoting or defending the ideals and values of academic integrity.

“These awards bring added prominence to Kennesaw State and will further advance our reputation as a shining model of academic integrity globally,” Goodwin said. “Moreover, it will afford Kennesaw State increased opportunities to partner with resources and initiatives that expand integrity across the world in accordance with KSU's established interest in international engagement.”

Based in Clemson, S.C., the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) was founded to combat cheating, plagiarism and academic dishonesty in higher education. Its mission has since expanded to include the cultivation of cultures of integrity in academic communities throughout the world. ICAI offers assessment services, resources and consultations to its member institutions, and facilitates conversations on academic integrity topics each year at its annual conference.

— Robert S. Godlewski


International Center for Academic Integrity


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