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News & announcements from April 2011

Increasing plagiarism

Friday, April 29th, 2011

A new study by Howard and Jamieson showed widespread plagiarism in first year compositions classes.  The researchers found “chunk” copying, “patchwriting,”  paraphrasing without citations and lack of real summary with citations.  The researchers analyzed 164 student research papers produced in first-year composition classes. They studied a range of institutions in 12 states from diverse regions of the country, culling work…

Academic quality: is it deteriating

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Increasingly writers of both essays and research are questioning the academic quality of work students are being asked to complete and are actually producing.  A recent article Skating through college NY Times 4-11 identified that in business schools, the students are spending an average of  11 hours outside of class time  reading and doing assignments.   Other…

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