Sunday, June 24, 2007

Business schools don't want to discuss cheating

A report Are B-Schools Hiding the Cheaters? seemed to express surprise that an inquiry about cheating to the top 25 business schools by BusinessWeek produced a limited response:

Out of the 25 business schools, only three -- the University of Virginia, Duke, and the University of Chicago -- were able to provide us with specific data about ethical violations among their B-school students. Fifteen schools provided us with information about their policy for dealing with ethics violations, but did not provide specific figures on cheating. And seven schools declined to provide any information (see, 6/21/07, "Schools' Responses on Cheating Stats").

IPBiz notes that one should recall the 2006 IPBiz post MBA students: the biggest cheaters? and recall the 2004 Harvard Business Review article with the sub-heading "Plagiarize with pride." Concern about cheating MBA's is like worrying about "gambling in Casablanca".

Separately, recall a different IPBiz post which noted a comment about "18 Air Force Cadets Exit Over Cheating - this along with the Dean of MIT "not having the courage to change her resume" to list NO Degrees at the time of hiring for the position and lying for 28 years while looking for student credentials for MIT enrollment." Of the MIT story, USAToday/AP had written on 26 April 2007:

To stressed-out parents and students, MIT admissions dean Marilee Jones was a rare voice of reason in the high-pressure world of college admissions. With colleges demanding kids who play sports, run student government and take the heaviest course load they can, Jones shouted back the opposite: daydream, stay healthy, and don't worry so much about building a resume just to impress an elite college.

Yet it turns out that Jones was susceptible to pressure herself. She falsely bolstered her credentials to get a job with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and over the course of her career claimed to have earned degrees from three schools. MIT officials say now they have no evidence she ever graduated from college at all.

Jones resigned in April, with the USAStory noting:

A senior MIT official said that by claiming degrees she had never earned, Jones could no longer lead an admissions office that occasionally rescinds the acceptance letters sent to applicants who are untruthful about their own accomplishments.

"We have to uphold the integrity of the institution, because that's what we've been trying to sell and she's our chief spokesperson on that," MIT Chancellor Phil Clay said. It's "regrettable, ironic, sad, but that's where we are."

In passing, one notes the Lemelson-MIT program.


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