Australia has a law against businesses offering assignments for sale to students, but that hasn’t stopped ‘contract cheating’. And new research shows it’s much more common than had been thought.
New research shows the relationship between contract cheating and assessment design is not simply cause and effect.
Authentic assessment is perceived as being harder to outsource, and has been adopted by many Australian university teachers. But that doesn’t mean students won’t still cheat on them.
Certain students are more likely to buy essays, and they may not even know it’s wrong.
If we view tertiary education as a commodity rather than an enlightening pursuit, practices such as essay buying will become more common.
If universities’ main aim is securing funding for their survival, learning takes a back seat.
Universities’ pursuit of stable income streams means they are corrupting the reason they exist in the first place.
International students provide universities with a large chunk of their revenue - but at what cost?
A new report from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption says Australian universities have become increasingly reliant on income from fee-paying international students, and is letting academic standards slide for the valuable income stream.