Sunday, April 08, 2007

Plagiarism in college applications

Hotair discussed plagiarism: Whatever the reason, this is long overdue. Plagiarism and puffery are rampant among college students today, and I believe it’s worse than ever before because the internet has propelled students’ capacity to cheat far ahead of colleges’ ability or willingness to detect them. For modern students, time is money…and the cheaters prosper by spending less time in their books and more time building up their resumes, sleeping, and dating all the cute guys and girls. Not only do they prosper unjustly, they tempt the solid students to join them.

IPBiz recalls the flap down in Orlando when a Hooters had a sign "Plagiarism Saves Time." See "Plagiarism Saves Time" out, but "Plagiarize with Pride" in

Of the college application process, Hotair wrote:

Homing in on the application details is a good start. If someone lies on their application, there’s no reason to think they’ll get any better once they start taking classes. It also impresses students right off the bat that dishonesty won’t be tolerated. I don’t know what caused this backlash against plagiarism, but I hope it signals a new commitment to teach our future leaders what “integrity” means and why it’s important.

Recall the earlier IPBiz post, Is everyone burning their pajamas at age 8?

Hot Air wrote:

Although on the third hand, the trend [the demand for accountability] seems to be led by business schools, who understand the market needs future CEOs to be people it can trust.

Hot Air may not be "up to date" on recent studies

Further to academic cheating, a study by the Academy of Management Learning and Education of 5,300 students in the U.S. and Canada placed MBA students at the top of the cheater list:

56% of M.B.A. candidates say they cheated in the past year. For the study, cheating was defined as plagiarizing, copying other students' work and bringing prohibited materials into exams.

And of course don't forget that the Harvard Business Review featured "plagiarize with pride" in 2004.

Hot Air had started with a quote:

There’s a new age of vigilance in academia. Spooked by incidents including guidance-counselor fraud in Los Angeles, blatant plagiarism at MIT and campus crime in North Carolina, colleges and graduate schools are shoring up their admissions process. In an era when applicants seek an edge with $500-an-hour “admissions consultants” and online essay-editing services, schools are using their own new methods to vet prospective students. Much like corporations that have been burned by CEO résumé scandals, universities are tapping into the burgeoning background-check industry to verify what’s written — or not — on applications.

This apparently came from an article by JAY MATHEWS in the Washington Post titled Thick or thin envelope?.

IPBiz is not sure of the reference to "blatant plagiarism at MIT." In recent times, plagiarism has been more associated with MIT neighbor Harvard. There was an incident at MIT in 2005: A Massachusetts Institute of Technology literary scholar said he regrets failing to credit some passages in his biography of the poet E.E. Cummings, but denied charges of plagiarism. [AP]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll agree that plagiarism has become a problem among students of all ages, especially high school and college-aged. Being a college student myself, I would have to say the Internet has provided so many valuable resources describing the topic we're researching in such a precise way, the temptation to just "cut and paste" is very strong. I have never plagiarized. I have, however, taken chunks of text and put quotes around them to just fill in space. I do cite the source, so it's not plagiarism, it's more laziness. I would think it would nearly be impossible for a professor to catch plagiarism with all the papers they have to read.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, actually Harvard has had far more egregious instances in of plagiarism in the recent past. Its not really clear why MIT is single out.

11:37 AM  

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