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Changing Culture to Promote Integrity: Why Progress Is Possible

3rd Annual Plagiarism Education Week

There is nothing immutable about the cheating culture that now exists in many educational settings worldwide. On the contrary, we know the values of students can be changed when institutions invest in the right strategies. This has happened in areas related to diversity, gender relations, and substance abuse -- both in the U.S. and overseas. So far, though, promoting integrity has not commanded adequate attention or resources.

This session will explore key drivers of the cheating culture and outline what it will take to dismantle that culture. It will examine cases where education institutions have changed how young people think and behave -- and how these lessons can be applied to promoting integrity.


David Callahan is author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead. Since publishing the book, he has spoken to students, faculty, and administrations at education institutions across the country, as well as to numerous business and civic groups. He's also been a frequent media commentator on integrity and ethics issues. A graduate of Hampshire College, David holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

Sean Tupa is the Education Program Manager at Turnitin. Previously, he had worked in various capacities for the College Board, including the roles of Director of Research for the Digital Solutions department and as a Director with the Innovation & Concept Development team. In these positions he conducted research projects, focus groups and surveys with both students and educators to help identify challenges and solutions in the world of education.

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