Monday, January 20, 2014

A Perfect Mouthpiece for Wayne Watson and Angela Henderson: Hermene Hartman Takes a Stand in Favor of Lying, Cheating and Academic Dishonesty

A few days ago, I opined that the Watson administration would use a three-pronged strategy of attacking the messenger, trivializing the offense and making Angela Henderson the victim to ameliorate the fallout from her plagiarized dissertation. Well, it didn't take long. Here's Hermene Hartman, close friend of Watson and the recipient of over $300,000 in no-bid contracts from Watson at City Colleges and Chicago State commenting on the situation:

For the link to Hartman's comment, see: Scroll down and you'll find it.

Here is the simple truth: While plagiarized passages appear elsewhere in Henderson's dissertation, the majority come from pages 25-44. There are 35 separate plagiarized passages of varying length on 16 pages (pages 25-28, 31, 33-39 and 41-44). Henderson plagiarized virtually all of page 43 and a significant portion of several other pages. Based on word count, 32.3 percent of the words on those 16 pages are plagiarized: nearly identical and in virtually the exact word order as the sources from which they are lifted without quotation marks or page numbers. I am not a statistician, but I guess the statistical probability of 1461 words appearing in the same order as words from other sources is rather low.

So these are the "incorrect quotes" Hartman alludes to. Two final points: 1) what does the length of time it took Henderson to get a degree have to do with anything? 2) she worked with 5 advisors? Hartman obviously has zero understanding of how Ph.D. programs work, although that does not prevent her from weighing on the side of lying, cheating and academic dishonesty.

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