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Friday, February 25, 2011

From the Chronicle of Highest Education?


Reed College Seeks to Stop Copycat Web Site

February 24, 2011, 6:43 pm

By Ben Wieder

A Reed College professor made an unusual discovery in October when searching for himself on Google. A Web site for an unaccredited college called the University of Redwood appeared to have repurposed much of the material from Reed’s Web site. For example, the list of faculty Web sites on Redwood’s site is identical to the list of faculty Web sites on Reed’s site.

Officials at the Portland, Ore., college say their investigation into the Web site leads them to suspect that its purpose could be to solicit application fees from foreign students seeking to study in the United States. …the site says, on an “About Redwood” page, that it is a liberal-arts college founded in 1908 (the same year Reed was founded) that offers “a world class intellectually rigorous academic program”… It says it is named after “the Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Redwood.” (Reed is named for the Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Reed.)

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