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ERIC Number: EJ1098047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Combating Ethical Issues in University Admissions Using Technology
George, Micael S., Jr.; Soares, Caio V.; Gilbert, Juan E.
Journal of Educational Technology, v6 n3 p58-64 Oct-Dec 2009
Obtaining diversity among admitted applicants is often a challenging task for most post secondary institutions. As a proposed solution to this challenge, Applications Quest (AQ) was created. AQ addresses the dilemma of how to achieve diversity while still upholding institutional academic standards and objectives while adhering to the law. A steady rise in admission applications, however, has lead to steep competition for admission slots. This in turn, has compelled many students to act less than ethical when completing their applications, often lying to try to gain an unfair advantage. So, this study investigates if applicants could "game" the application process, to their advantage, under AQ. New applicants are provided with information about the current applicant pool and details of how AQ works. They are then instructed to complete a true application, with their factual information, and a fake application, in an attempt to game the system. This study finds that even when provided with the aforementioned information, the null hypothesis that "a student will not be able to increase their chances of being admitted to an institution by lying on their application in an effort to game the system" cannot be rejected, thus furthering the case for the use of AQ in the application selection process.
Descriptors: Ethics, College Admission, Student Diversity, College Applicants, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Software, Competition, Hypothesis Testing, Undergraduate Study, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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