Are more college students cheating these days?

cheating and plagiarism on the rise?
cheating and plagiarism on the rise?

Faked transcripts from MIT, a plagiarized Rhodes Scholarship application, and deceived parents. This may sound like a poorly- executed Frank Abagnale Jr. plot, but it's the true to life story of 23-year-old Adam Wheeler. Wheeler's higher ed hijinks were uncovered after he left Harvard over a plagiarized scholarship application and tried to get into Yale by claiming he was a high school valedictorian with perfect SAT scores. When Yale called to check, they ended up in touch with Wheeler's parents, who put an end to Adam's ruse.

This case received more attention than most acts of plagiarism in higher education, including a piece by the New York Time, which reported that"Mr. Wheeler was charged with 20 criminal counts, including larceny, because he received nearly $50,000 in scholarships and awards from Harvard."

Brazen acts like Adam Wheeler's aren't the only type of dishonesty coming to light at colleges and universities. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are reportedly on the rise as well. The University of Colorado at Boulder reported that the number of students caught cheating had risen almost 40% compared to last year. School officials claim that there isn't a dramatic upswing in the number of students who are cheating, just the number who are being caught by automated tools like TurnItIn.com.