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This article is pretty silly, the premise assumes that prospective students are really interested in cheating statistics when evaluating schools, and that some schools contacted by Business Week refused to answer their inquiry or provide any statistics on cheating.
Does anyone really care about cheating statistics at a school? I mean, it would be nice to know I'm going to a school with minimal cheating, but there are ten thousand things I would consider much more important considerations.
I know post-Enron and all that, there's a focus on ethics, but some of the mock outrage is ridiculous. I don't care if the students at my school drive over the speed limit, if they illegally download music, if they recycle, if they curse, or if a few of them get caught cheating and have academic sanctions imposed. I'm pretty sure (maybe I'm naive) that schools aren't "hiding" cheaters. Sure they're not holding press conferences every time they catch someone plaigiarizing, but I don't think there's any sinister ethics conspiracy going on.
Could be some political motive. Bweek tyring to punish the schools that don't disclose data.
I read that article earlier today (before seeing this thread) and thought the same thing. I've read in a number of places that some top schools are stopping to cooperate with BW because their rankings are so absurd. This article may accelerate that process.
Yeah, I definitely get the feeling that BW wants to be a "player" in the business school game rather than just a reporter of facts. It's almost as if they feel they should try to influence policy.
I will note that UVA has a well-established honor code (I seem to recall that it was the 1st one, but I'm not actually sure) with a no tolerance policy. A single infraction and you're gone; no probation or suspension or take the year off kind of stuff.