Cheating epidemic?

Tim Goral's picture
Monday, June 3, 2013

As the uplifting strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" echo through the quads of colleges and universities during graduation season, teary parents and ecstatic students celebrate a job well done.

You know the story line: Hard work triumphs. We dutifully pass knowledge from one generation to the next. The phrase etched into the red sandstone of a soaring building at my alma mater, Colorado College, sets out our ideals: "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."

But look more closely at the professors and administrators in those quads and on those stages. Some may seem a little nervous, crossing their fingers behind those flowing gowns, hoping that every student truly earned a diploma. Unfortunately, stories of cheating are rife. One well-respected university unwittingly gave a master's degree — with honors, no less — to a student who paid thousands of dollars for the piece of paper.

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