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ERIC Number: EJ894457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
An Economic Analysis of Academic Dishonesty and Its Deterrence in Higher Education
Happel, Stephen K.; Jennings, Marianne M.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v25 n2 p183-214 Sum-Fall 2008
Academic dishonesty--cheating--includes plagiarizing, receiving credit for work not one's own, copying assignments, copying from another's exam, taking another's exam, not doing individual work on individual assignments, failing to contribute to team projects, and other forms of deception about work and performance. Cheating is rampant on college campuses. Following a review of the state of academic integrity at colleges and universities, this article then explores the reasons for rising dishonesty on campuses. Using microeconomic analysis of academic dishonesty, including discussion of the externalities that drive college students to cheat, the article provides new insights into deterrence and prevention. Using their Arizona State University (ASU) experience vis-a-vis academic honesty, and in combination with economic theory, the authors present a means for curbing or at least motivating attitudinal changes toward cheating in both the current culture and higher education. They present their microeconomic analysis on cheating and provide data on current student views, as reflected in the responses by over a thousand ASU undergraduates, with regard to academic dishonesty. Then, the authors provide a discussion of the six resolutions proposed by the Student-Faculty Policy Committee and passed by the ASU Faculty Senate in spring 2005. The article concludes with a discussion of the nature of cheating today as compared to the past, and offers insights into what the future may hold in terms of both academic dishonesty and institutional responses. (Contains 2 figures and 57 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona