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Cheating said to be on rise in North American B-schools

The article by Shannon Moneo talks about the suspected increase in cheating in Business University/ Colleges all across the U.S. The current study done by Donald McCabe, a management and global business professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., is leading a follow-up study of cheating by university business students. The first study which was done during 2002 and 2004 surveyed more than 5000 business students at U.S and Canadian universities and it found that 56% of the graduate business students admitted to some form of cheating. Since the last study, the consensus is that the number of students that are going to business institutions and cheat has increased. The current groups of students that attend these institutions are less likely to report cheating or “collaborate.” The level of respect towards the university authority has also caused the increase in number of students who say they have cheated in the past or who are currently cheat.  “According to their 2006 paper, cheating flourishes because, ‘The perceived low risk of being caught or penalized may lead students to conclude that a positive cost-benefit exist.’”  The next group of students who have admitted to cheating are engineering students.

This article shed some light on the issue of cheating in Universities but specifically Business Universities. The admittance of students in the reports shows that there is a constant lack from the students to learn the topics that are shown or taught in the classroom. Many higher level institutions have a lot of students that attend their school to get the same degree. With so many students attending their facilities, cheating is bound to happen. In a small institution such as SUNYIT, the students have a much closer relationship with their professor than in an institution such as Syracuse University. The issue of cheating in schools is that there is more emphasis put on getting the degree than learning the material that is taught. This fuels the opportunity for a student to cheat because they do not put the importance that is needed on learning. Getting money the fastest way possible is the name of the game and Business schools are the leading group.

Even though cheating is ethically wrong, I think it should not matter whether a student or a group of students cheat to get their grades. The end result of cheating will be not knowing how to properly apply what students were supposed to learn in the classroom. The hard skills that they were supposed to learn in the classroom will not be there because the students will have wasted their time on partying, procrastinating or doing other stuff that has nothing to do with studying and taking the time during the day to learn. It affects only one person and that is the person who went and got their degree by cheating.  It will not appear on the degree but it will appear by the way they do their work.


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