Friday, September 22, 2006

Survey Finds Widespread Cheating in M.B.A. Programs

More than half admitted to cheating. It's not just the business students --- 47% percent of nonbusiness graduate students also admitted to cheating. I wouldn't expect the percentage of cheaters to be very high in economics, not because the students are more honest but because the nature of economic education is not conducive to cheating.

Survey Finds Widespread Cheating in M.B.A. Programs
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By KATHERINE MANGAN

More than half of the graduate business students surveyed recently admitted to cheating at least once during the last academic year, according to a report released on Monday.

The report, "Academic Dishonesty in Graduate Business Programs: Prevalence, Causes, and Proposed Action," is based on survey responses from 5,331 students at 32 graduate schools in the United States and Canada, and is scheduled for publication this month in Academy of Management Learning & Education. The survey found that 56 percent of graduate business students -- most of whom are pursuing M.B.A.'s -- had cheated, compared with 47 percent of graduate students in nonbusiness programs.

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