Cheating on College Exams More Common Among Foreign Students

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Cheating on College Exams More Common Among Foreign Students

Jun 6, 2016

HONOR CODE LOST IN TRANSLATION: Foreign college students cheat more than their domestic peers, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Looking at data from 14 large U.S. public universities, WSJ found five reports of alleged cheating for every 100 international students, compared with one per 100 domestic students. Cheating on campus is an issue regardless of students’ origins, but faculty report that “substantial numbers of international students either don’t comprehend or don’t accept U.S. standards of academic integrity.”

The trend begs the question: Will academic integrity be impacted as schools enroll more foreign students, who often pay three times as much as domestic ones? “I can assure you that somewhere someone at the university is doing a calculus about how much tuition they would lose if they start coming down hard on students who cheat,” Beth Mitchneck, a University of Arizona professor of geography and development tells WSJ.

Last month The Atlantic reported on how sophisticated schemes for cheating on the SAT and GRE, including using computer-enhanced photography to create nearly undetectable fake passports, are making their way from China into the U.S. Good thing cheating via laser vision hasn't caught on.

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