Inside Higher ED: “Cheating in College”

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Scott Jaschik has a post over at Inside Higher ED in which the Donald L. McCabe, Kenneth D. Butterfield, and Linda K. Trevino, answer some questions related to thier new book Cheating In College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do About It.

In the post they address the following questions:

  • Is cheating getting worse? Or do those who say that only imagine a golden age when academic honesty prevailed?
  • Did the Internet fundamentally change the nature of cheating, or did it just provide new tools to do what previous generations did offline?
  • Compared to previous generations, are today’s college students less aware of the moral issues associated with cheating? Are they aware that they are cheating?
  • How can colleges better educate new students so they won’t cheat?
  • Many experts say that it is easier to prevent cheating at small institutions where everyone knows everyone. Are there steps you recommend for large universities?
  • Some colleges with honor codes have very strict (single sanction, typically dismissal) punishments for cheating. Do such punishments prevent cheating?

Jaschik’s full post is available here.


Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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