Brian Jacob's work cited in Inside Higher Ed article, “Cheating and the Generational Divide”

November 17, 2010

Brian A. Jacob's work was cited in an Inside Higher Ed article about shifting generational views of academic dishonesty. In the wake of a hotly debated cheating scandal at the University of Central Florida, many researchers are weighing-in on the shifting norms around academic cheating and plagiarism.

The article cited an NBER working paper that Jacob co-authored with Thomas Dee from Swarthmore College. The paper presented the results of a survey on the prevalence and determinants of plagiarism at post-secondary institutions. The decision to plagiarize reflects both a poor understanding of academic integrity and the perception that the probabilities of detection and severe punishment are low,” Jacob explains in the paper. Jacob’s research showed that students are less likely to plagiarize when they receive a formal tutorial about plagiarism.