Distance Education & Plagiarism

At a recent national meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Care Administration, held in Minneapolis, Helen Ewing and Adrian Anast of A.T. Still University discussed the significance of plagiarism which may impact the reputation of universities.
Current data reports that 63%-87% of students admit to cheating through various forms of plagiarism. Forty percent of the issues are related to ESL students.
Strategies being implemented to address the concerns of plagiarism include honor codes for students, educating students, school policy and faculty development, student integrity and software. The most widely used software is Turnitin, which has been endorsed by major universities, such as Harvard. Cost can range from 87 cents to $1.50 annually per student to install and use the Turnitin software.

Unfortunately, limited writing skills contribute to student plagiarism. Haven’t we’ve  seen a decrease in writing skills of students over the last 15 years?