Business students cheating at increasing rates

April 23, 2014

A survey of business school students at US and Canadian institutions is currently underway, and the study’s lead investigator expects the results to show that business school students are cheating at higher rates than they were in 2002–2004. Donald McCabe, a management and global business professor at Rutgers University, is working on a follow-up to an earlier study, “Academic Dishonesty in Graduate Business Programs,” and says that initial student comments and personal observations have led him to believe that cheating is on the rise. Julia Christensen Hughes, Dean at the University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics, agrees that cheating seems to be increasing. The researchers think that business students may be more prone to cheating because of the profit-driven attitudes prevalent in business school. “It’s the bottom line that matters. It’s not how you get there,” McCabe says. A study conducted by CBC earlier this year found that less than 1% of the total student body in Canada had been punished for cheating in 2011–2012, with plagiarism the biggest offense. Globe and Mail