Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big time cheating at the University of Central Florida?

Is cheating at the University of Central Florida [UCF] like gambling in Casablanca? Will UCF be ridiculed as was Alan Greenspan in this YouTube videoclip juxtaposing Greenspan with "Inspector Renault" [Claude Rains]? Is the UCF cheating scandal, after all the UCF actions to thwart student cheating, as stupid as SIU's copying its definition of plagiarism from Indiana University? Stay tuned.

The LATimes/AP reports that Professor Richard Quinn of the University of Central Florida (Orlando) says he found out that as many as a third of his 600 seniors at the school had cheated on a recent midterm. He says a student anonymously dropped off a copy of the test with the answers. Every student had to retake the exam this week.

This massive cheating is in sharp contrast to the image of honesty that UCF has otherwise been cultivating.

Previous IPBiz posts

The "golden rule" at the University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida tackles student cheating

IPBiz ran across a post on the UCF cheating problem titled Shocked, shocked! which includes videoclips of the report by George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

The author of the post did a little homework as to the one UCF student in the ABC story who expressed the viewpoint --no big deal, everyone does it at UCF--:

To be sure, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of the media quoting things out of context, but this individual’s statement appears clear enough. Perhaps he needs to take a course in media management.

Interestingly, an individual with the same name living in the same area of Florida has a page on LinkedIn. No doubt, this morning he is quietly enjoying a no-fat soy latte, blissfully unaware that people around the country are putting the electronic dots together. No doubt, his current employer, a corporation which offers building security systems, is also blissfully unaware of what is happening.

The effects of cheating in the educational environment have a way of meandering into the real world. And you don’t have to look very far for examples.

Also in the post on The Brookhaven Bear Report were references to Casablanca, wherein there was a videoclip in part from the movie conveying the post title --shocked, shocked.-- In print on the video were the sarcastic words Greenspan as Inspector Renault. The sardonic lines of the character live on, but poor Claude Rains gets no respect. Imagine lyrics for "Key Largo" as Just like --Frank and Nora-- in place of Bogie and Bacall.

Casablanca, reviewed on IMDB

Keyword: Konstantine Ravvin


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