Cheating on tests is predictable

Student cheating on tests is on the rise for reasons that should be obvious (“Cheaters Never Prosper – Or Do They?” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Feb. 2).  When students are seen primarily as customers who are paying steep tuition, colleges are reluctant to do anything to make them unhappy. If that includes cheating, so be it.

In the final analysis, colleges want satisfied students.  And students want the degrees they paid for.  So it follows that no one is likely to want to do anything to upset the arrangement.  Moreover, students think of cheating as cooperating, which absolves them of any guilt.

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