They are "products" of their environment. The issue with such papers is very simple—if one cannot prove that a substantial amount of a paper was taken verbatim from a website, administrators will not punish it. I cannot count the number of times that an administrator most of them with education or business degrees told me that a "plagiarized" paper was a genuine effort on the part of the student to abide by scholarly writing standards that I was not clearly explaining.
It is the standards, so they tell us, that are wrong. Sadly, a brief look through the writing of such people and, yes, this has been done shows that they do plagiarize—and they plagiarize liberally. The only way in the present climate in which administrators do all they can to keep students enrolled in the university so as to keep getting revenue to combat the purchase of papers from overseas, plagiarized papers created from a collage of sources, etc.
I am a college prof. I think the only solution for colleges is to have potential students write an essay well supervised in the presence of a college administrator. You could have or more all writing at once, in a silent hall, desks 6 feet apart.
Why make good grades in high school? To go to a good college. Why make good grades in college? To get a good degree. Why get a good degree? To get a good job. Why get a good job? To make lots of money. Why make lots of money? Until that changes, students are highly motivated and rewarded to cheat. I have read all your comments and agree with them. The American Education System desperately needs to be reformed. After years of teaching from Elementary to College level, I no longer have a job because I refused to give grades demanded by the Hispanic students and Administrators in the Miami School System, especially Miami-Dade College MDC and Florida International University FIU , where degrees are given to foreign students with the professors having other students do their academic work and submitted as their work.
These foreign students [from all Latin countries, India, Pakistan, Brazil, etc] are given tuition waivers, a stipend, and more opportunities to conduct studies, but the American students are left out in the cold with student loans to pay back for the rest of their lives. The foreign students gets every opportunity for a bogus education [because the professors at FIU do not have an idea of what they are teaching], learns nothing, but takes a degree from FIU, go back to their country and live life as a prominent and proud citizen who used the US School system.
The students do not want to work for their grades, but demands it and when not given, they go in droves to the uneducated administrators who puts the burden on the teachers, and disposes of them, especially if you are English-speaking only. As a current graduate student, I find this issue to be less about the dumbing down of America and more about the excessive workload required by most academic institutions.
There are literally not enough hours in the day to complete all the work that we are given, so some of us choose to buy a portion of our work online. Although I have never taken advantage of these websites, I can certainly understand the appeal. I am a college professor, and every semester I catch at least one student blatantly cheating—usually plagiarism.
Often the student is quite an accomplished cheater, and obviously do it frequently. I make it very clear at throughout the semester that anyone suspected of cheating with fail the exam or paper, and perhaps the class. Sometimes the student who has been caught, will refer to the pressure of maintaining good grades.
I reinforce that this is not, nor will ever be, an acceptable reason to cheat. Most times however, the student blatantly and often rudely denies that they have done anything wrong—when I have overwhelming evidence indicating otherwise. Cheating at the college level is rampant, and we owe it to those hard-working, honest students to get it under control.
It calls the media to task for providing unbiased, accurate information to keep the confidence of the general public. I happen to see an ad on one of the engineering college in India website for part-time workers in America or India who can work on the assignments given to MS students in American universities.
This is not just essay. This was a big shock to me. Cheating in the exams and taking a shortcut is very common in India because of extreme competition. Now, there are lot of people getting MS degrees from unheard of universities in America. If these students got their undergrad degree by cheating, they will continue to do the same where ever they go. The plagiarism problem has a long history in American higher education, especially in first-year college courses.
The average class size is about students, writing finished two-draft essays per course. To combat plagiarism we design writing topics that discourage students from being paper-mill customers. And we know that in general, our American colleges cannot afford to professionally staff full-time positions for first-year, writing-required courses; like many in my position, I have taught three-to-four courses in many semesters in many colleges, always on part-time, semester-only contracts that protect the colleges, pay little, and offer no job security.
The problem appears in our classrooms but originates in the common college HR practice of hiring a high proportion of adjunct professors, poorly paying them, and yet expecting them to bear the brunt of the problem of plagiarism. None of this truth made it into this new article to which I respond. Not only did I get a tip to make a little money, I can also do a job that will thwart the efforts of any kids trying to take my job. If this criteria is not met — automatic F. For those kids who are gifted in certian subjects and are able to acheive an A on their own, the system works.
It allows the universities, parents and the kid to determine where a student might be able to get the most out of higher education and whether a particular school would be too much for them. But not everyone needs to go to college. I imagine all of us out there have experiences where someone who has proven to be somewhat a dim bulb has attended top schools and they seem to be the ones who find it necessary to mention their alma maters VERY often.
As long as employers place more emphasis on if and where someone went to school, this type of stuff will always happen. Parents and students being more concerned with grades than knowledge is just a symptom of a feature of society and the workplace.
The result was 4. Interesting How America throws higher salaries at teachers, but never teaches students how to increase their effeciency to study and learn. Is this on purpose and planned?
May be you were not listening to what the teacher was telling you to do in class; that is why it took you 14 years to learn a simple thing like SQ4R but as a teacher I am glad you finally did learn it. However, you still have spelling errors in your posting. Bridget is right about passing the students to the next grade level without learning the content. Students have absolutely no accountability and teachers are always blamed for their bad grades.
You cannot pay the teachers enough for what they do in class every single day. I challenge you to go volunteer for week in any classroom in a nearby school and you will realize how hard it is to be a teacher and how underpaid they really are. Like Bridget, I also became a teacher because I wanted to and am proud to be not just a teacher but the one who does her best to support the students; whether or not, they choose to take advantage of that support is another story.
There are several sites that have a strict cheating policy and are aimed at HELPING students with their homework - not helping them cheat. One site is http: I find it entertaining and appropriate that the first comment to this story references the Jay Leno "Jay-Walking" comedy segment. We have a story which details students taking others ideas and claiming them as their own; the Jay-Walking segment is a blatant copy of a bit Howard Stern as been doing and Howards is much funnier, I must add for years.
As an English instructor at an urban university, I am very familiar with the problem of plagiarism and purchased papers. I was not aware, however, that many of these paper mill sites are based overseas. Fortunately, most of my students could never afford to pay such outrageous amounts for ready-made papers. Instead, they just copy-and-paste from free material on the internet.
Some of my students have received such poor training in writing that they truly do not understand the rules for fair use of outside sources and documentation of sources; others resort to plagiarism as an act of desperation and panic, as they are taking a full load of courses and working too many hours in order to pay for college. Such explanations do not excuse their poor choices or eliminate the penalties for their dishonesty at my school, these penalties range from a grade of zero on the assignment to suspension or even expulsion, depending upon the circumstances.
I offer these explanations simply to suggest that the problem is not simply a matter of laziness or inherent dishonesty. On another note, several of the commenters on this site could use a refresher course in the basics of Standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling. At what point will we put the responsibility on the people buying the papers?
There will always be temptation and it will only get greater with technological advances. Everyone seems to be pointed the finger everywhere except with the people buying the reports. They are the ones dumbing themselves down. They are the ones not getting properly educated because of their own choices.
I would suggest someone come up with a way to spot these bought papers, but there will never be a perfect solution to the problem.
Cheating has always existed and always will, and the loser in the end will always be the cheater in some way shape or form. The financial advice given this morning was dead on. It was on the behalf of consumers and should be applied to every financial transaction from banking to fast food and so on. Public school districts across America receive most of their federal dollars for education based on School Performance Scores which includes points for lowered absenteeism, student grades, and standardized testing, to name a few.
The higher performing schools receive a larger share of the money, which as a teacher, makes no sense to me. The districts, individual schools and their administrators, and teachers who by the way receive incentive bonuses for increased student performance are so focused on money, which leads to decreased educational focus on student learning.
Students are being passed without mastering grade level content because it looks good on paper. I teach 6th grade Reading and for the past three years, the students who came to me had no clue how to find, for example, main idea and supporting details, even in a one paragraph text. The 6th grade math teacher saw one student trying to work the problem " x " by writing the first number, times.
Who is responsible for passing this student without being able to multiply? One answer to that is the pressure that administrators and district personnel place on teachers. Just ask a teacher before you make any judgments. By the way, many teachers work year round, on holidays, and weekends in order to be prepared for the lessons. I am a teacher and proud to be one; one by the way who would not bow to pressure from anyone to pass a child who did not master the Reading skills that are necessary for the next level.
Not all of us are in it for the money; trust me on that because Louisiana ranks near the bottom in teacher pay. One problem with American education is the fixation on grades. For the majority of students and their parents, the grade is important, not the actual learning that went into creating a final product. Currently I teach 6th grade and I see this more and more each day. It is difficult to describe the meetings with parents who focus on grades. School districts exhibit that same mentality because it makes school performance scores rise, which means more money for the district.
Nothing matters, even educating kids, except getting federal dollars. This goes on across the country. The public school system would be soooo much better off with less government interference. Just ask teachers who are in the middle of this fight; I should know because I fight this everyday with the district, administration, and parents. American youth have grown up seeing that money will fix anything We live in a society that rewards wealth not intelligence or character.
Why should they have to work hard or apply themselves when they can pay for the same results. This story frustrates me so much as a college student. My school would not tolerate that and it really makes me angry that any institution would on any level. Really discredits all the hard work real college students put into their grades. Good job on the coverage of the young terror suspect by digging into his past. You give an accurate portrayl of Nigeria. Nigeria never will have Al Qaeda because that is weakness.
Nigerians fight even during religious service. These are the names of those in the business sector that are leading the recovery. If your name is not on the list play your position. Even a cursory investigation into the stated purpose of government education reveals that it is not about education, it is about indoctrination: They are looking forward realistically. Like most government run programs although successful at producing obedient citizens , public education has failed its citizens on the education front.
Time to end it, give all school-tax funding back to the citizens and tax breaks so one parent can afford to stay home and teach the kids. Students say they are bored with their classes and school studying hours, TASK! Whatever happened to School outings to the symphony, Coca-Cola company. The university I graduated from; the Professors made it very clear they would check to see if your paper was bought and we all know what happens next.
Granted I graduated from a religious university-makes no difference, however. Our children are placed under our guidance for a reason;if they see us cheat, be dishonest, kill, steal or abuse powers and laws as corporate america and government have-what on Gods earth do you expect? Society assumes that the students will develop their own way of studying the material given them.
Ideally, the teacher offers to tutor students who desire help and, during a session, offers some studying advice. However, in reality, there exists unmotivated teachers, which are common in public schools, who just focus on their core job i. The problem of teachers not teaching efficient studying techniques is not unique to public education.
Usually, the schools offer an efficient studying workshop. So, the task of teaching students how to study efficiently may be outsourced. I am a student and if we have more school longer school year less summer there is going to be no extra time for aftrer school sports and more of our nations kids will become obese and no kids will have time to shop or go to the movies places like that then they wont have customers and they will start laying people off and fireing people jobs will be lost.
Also kids will stay ip later doing homework and getting less sleep. See i am all for edjucation butits going to affect alot more. It is high time that the media, the country and its officials look into this matter with depth.
Not only as one involving academic dishonesty but also of foreigners Ukrainians who operate these websites offering these services to American students. Finally, the government should look into the alleged deportation and the subsequent cases filed with warrants in debt issued but not served because he is no longer in US territory. The cause of deportation may have a direct bearing on the operation of the business.
If allegedly deported, why does he have to make it appear that the entire business is being operated in the US when the truth is, it is being operated in Ukraine. Outsourcing presupposes legitimately established companies in the US and overseas. A legitimately established company is one that is organized, established, and incorporated in accordance with the laws where it is registered or incorporated.
The essay websites discussed both in this article and the video obviously do not fall under that. Virginia corporate laws require actual physical office where operations are conducted which is to be specified in the corporate papers.
On the other hand, Essaywriters. These are false addresses. Guevarra as shown in the video. Records in Va offices show that there are no business licenses issued for these entities. These websites are operated in Ukraine so why was this not specified in the corporate papers?
After the cancellation of the registration of Universal Research LLC, all these websites still operated and after almost a year, a new company was incorporated, Universal Research Inc. There appears to be no liquidation as required by the laws of Virginia. Obviously, corporation law issues. The web contains a staggering number of complaints from writers both from US and foreign writers who were allegedly duped and not paid their fees. Even in a Ukrainian message forum, the Ukrainian writers claimed that Essaywriters.
In another message forum, a poster claimed that the owner of these websites was allegedly deported for fraud. Consequently, what is its implication on the foreign jurisdiction where he registered his business. Moreover, the Virginia list of court cases show many archived cases filed against the owner of these websites and warrants in debt issued against them.
Perhaps another reason why the owners allowed the cancellation of the LLC registration and after the lapse of substantial period, incorporated a new company under another Ukrainian. The LLC had been just garnished this year based on court records. There is an investigation being made. This is the reason why now, the false addresses specified on the websites have been deleted. Gist of the article? The article includes a link where corporate papers are posted and in addition, the web is a good source of research.
Of course, the agents of these websites would interpose the over used defense that the evidence and complaints are posted by "disgruntled" writers or competitors STILL the evidence speaks for itself. I would not even dare put a grade on the preceding comment. The issue is not outsourcing. The issue is the proliferation of essay writing websites with false US addresses being run in Ukraine by a person who allegedly was deported by the government for criminal violations and is now accepting your credit card details when you order your essay.
I am pretty sure that your title alone will also be given an "F" Are you describing the entire educative process of Americans in your headline? The CNN, instead, must feature the proliferation of American pornographic CDs and DVDs in the third world countries and its impact on the crime rate and sexual abuses in those countries As well, American media must look on the inevitable truth that even legal companies, as defined by American laws, are outsourcing their businesses in the third world regions.
In fact, call centers that offer various services are now prevalent in India and Asian countries. Moreover, even the editing of technical and scientific journals of American institutions are now being done in the Philippines by SPI and EMCI through their American company counterparts With regards to the custom essay writing, most American students earn either an Excellent or Very Satisfactory grade; this is the reason why they keep on using web-based writing services.
No society is perfect. But with what you are advocating, well, why do we not just give the country to the dogs after all, according to you political parties, media and administrations have launched wars against countries that never attacked the country. And while we are at that, we should allow these Ukrainians to allegedly tinker with the credit cards of our students when they make payment for these services notwithstanding the fact that these are being operated in Ukraine and that they hide about that fact by allegedly placing bogus addresses on their websites.
In addition, we should also allow people to get away with non payment of proper taxes and alleged violation of our laws. Sure, we should not respect and comply with our laws because after all some people are violating them. Let us be disrespectful, dishonest and cheaters after all, some officials are that.
I just find the logic absurd. Respect and compliance with the laws by the citizenry have nothing to do with the manner how some officials implement them. We do not follow the laws simply because we like the officials implementing them, do we? As just 1 example. And we wonder why children might cheat to get what they want. People are not stupid with or without education. When the Media incourages honest debate, fair play and respect.
Maybe then and only then can you expect to motivate the children to play by the rules of society. If you want honesty then be honest. You cannot teach truth by being untruthful. It is reality not fanasty. My own opinion is that there is no such thing as "old news. Moreover, for the lawmakers to address the growing problem with appropriate effective regulations.
Bestessays and essaywriters are alleged to be owned by Universal Research LLC registered both before the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Nevada but which respective registrations had been cancelled.
However, these websites under Universal Research LLC continued operating in alleged violation of the Va Code which requires liquidation and dissolution.
In less than a year, Universal Research Inc. The websites specified alleged bogus addresses. What has the government done? Everything is being done under our noses. The consumer advocates have exposed all these issues in the different fora and a number of writers have filed complaints before the IC3, FBI and other government offices for non payment of the fees they already earned. Media has covered the issues a number of times as well. Do they really expect the students who used the services of these websites and who were short-changed, file complaints which in effect is an admission of cheating?
Are these Ukrainians authorized to do business in the country? If so, why would they post alleged false addresses on their websites? The pervading issues are more than just academic dishonesty. For peace and order to reign in our society, we need to instill obedience and compliance with our laws through the institutional mechanisms established by a democratic society. To see and hear so many none blacks have a potection veiw about the president. May be they would like to have Bush back in the white house.
Most of them have forgot that McCain and Bush wanted to do with social security. Yes,the face in the white house is no longer the same old one that has been in place for over years it has changed and so must we.
This subject is "old news". This subject matter was reported several years ago, I believe, on Dateline. This problem is beyond,just obtaining essays,anyone can also, obtain a college diploma along with an impressive transcripts, for a price.
Most were dumber than a box of rocks,had little or almost no common sense nor concept of general principles! However, they were paid approx. Leno, would randomly interview people, mostly young college students, on general knowledge questions.
Upon viewing these segments, it was to most humorous but it sadden me to know that these young people, would someday be in power, in job related positions, to make major decisions on the course of our country!!! Join us for "the most news in the morning," weekdays from a.
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California Education Code Section "penalizes the preparation or sale of term papers, thesis, or dissertations for compensation State residents or academic institutions "acting for the interest of itself, its students, or the general public" can file suit against offenders for "any relief as is necessary.
For example, while some essay mills state that their products are not intended to be submitted for credit, they may also boast of the high grades that their papers have received. The Florida Statutes Section The academic community has criticized essay mill companies for helping students to commit academic fraud. In , a UK-based essay mill called Elizabeth Hall Associates required students purchasing essays to sign a disclaimer stating that "any material provided by Elizabeth Hall Associates [is] on the understanding that it is a guidance model only.
Students from different academic backgrounds have used essay mills. Many prestigious universities and colleges have caught their students turning in papers they bought from essay mills. One of the forms of cheating was turning in papers bought from essay mills.
Using term paper mills brings up some ethical controversies. Some people view essay mills as unethical while others view it as completely moral. People view essay mills as ethical for different reasons. Some customers indicate that they use essay mills as a form of proof reading. Essay mill writers will read their writing only to make comments and feedback about content and grammar mistakes. They also turn to essay mills to insure that all citations are correct. GPAs and grades are greatly stressed in schools which causes students to worry and make them feel like they cannot meet their deadlines.
Essay mills have been compared to business situations. Certain students and customers view term paper mills as equivalent to companies outsourcing labor. Outsourcing labor is a norm for businesses which insinuates that the use of term paper mills should be socially acceptable. Conversely, there are people who view purchasing essays from essay mills as unethical: Academic institutions are concerned about how essay mills affect learning.
Students who use essay mills do not go through the process of gathering research, which is a learning experience in itself. Some professors, such as Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and the author of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty , worry about the message term paper mills send to students.
He believes the existence of essay mills validates slacking off. Ariely has come across essay mills use plagiarism-encouraging language on their websites. Many customers believe that when they are ordering an essay online , that they are going to be receiving one from their own country; however, this is not always the case, as many essay mill companies are hosted around the world.
Having essay mills set up overseas allows for the owners of these companies to make high profits by paying wages in low-wage countries while selling the work of their employees in high-wage countries. Another article in The Chronicle of Higher Education from interviewed an American essay mill writer, who stated that he makes half of what the paper sells for.
Even in the US, the amount that writers get paid can vary. Universities and colleges have developed several strategies to combat this type of academic misconduct. Some professors require students to submit electronic versions of their term papers, so that the text of the essay can be compared by anti-plagiarism software such as Turnitin against databases of known "essay mill" term papers. Other universities have enacted rules allowing professors to give students oral examinations on papers which a professor believes to be ghostwritten; if the student is unfamiliar with the content of an essay that he has submitted, or its sources, then the student can be charged with academic fraud, a violation of the rules by which a student agrees to be bound when he enters a university or college program.
When a student is charged with academic fraud, his case is typically heard by a quasi-judicial administrative committee, which reviews the evidence.
For students who are found guilty, the punishments range from a grade of zero on the specific assignment, to failure in the course in which the plagiarism occurred, to in extreme or repeated cases suspension or expulsion from the institution.
In some cases, students who have committed academic fraud may also have academic honors, degrees, or awards revoked. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Saksniit Archived March 4, , at the Wayback Machine.
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