Professors at the University of Kansas are criticizing the university’s recent decision to drop an anti-plagiarism Internet program, Turnitin.com, that they say is their most effective tool for catching academic cheats.
“This is like leaving a door to a bank unlocked,” KU political science professor Phil Schrodt told the Lawrence Journal-World. “Turnitin is a rational response to a problem. The problem is that a student can now download tens of thousands of term papers at the click of the mouse.”
About 38 percent of college undergraduate students say they’ve done cut-and-paste liftings from Internet sources for academic papers, according to a 2005 Rutgers University survey.
KU officials cite the software’s $22,000 cost, but isn’t ensuring academic honesty and the value of a college degree worth that cost?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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