Magazine article University Business

Penn State Battles Growing Problem of Applicant Plagiarism

Magazine article University Business

Penn State Battles Growing Problem of Applicant Plagiarism

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THE IRONY OF A BUSINESS SCHOOL LOOKING for "principled leaders" among its applicants and finding dozens of cases of plagiarism underscores a growing problem. At Penn State's Smeal College of Business, Admission Director Carrie Marcinkevage says technology has devalued the idea of "intellectual property" in a generation that came of age with music file-sharing, Wikipedia, and web-linking. A passage in one student's admissions essay happened to sound familiar. She searched other essays and found it elsewhere. That was just the tip of the iceberg.

"We had 29 cases of plagiarism in our admissions essays out of a pending 360 applications," she reports. "We dropped everything else and immediately went back through all essays of those applicants who had been admitted, invited to interview, or were awaiting decisions. We did discover several who'd been invited to interview. Those candidates were notified and not admitted. And we unfortunately found one who'd been admitted. That decision was rescinded."

The department turned to Turnitin from iParadigms, a software solution already in use at Penn State. The screening software allows for a very consistent and completely objective first review, Marcinkevage says. …

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