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College Plagiarism on the Rise

person using a computerCollege plagiarism: it’s as easy as copy and paste. Most college presidents say that they’ve seen a spike in plagiarism at their institution, according to “The Digital Revolution and Higher Education.”

The Pew Research Center surveyed 1,055 presidents from two- to four-year schools, both private and public, and found that over the past ten years plagiarism has increased with the expansion of computers and Internet in the classroom. In fact, 89 percent of college presidents said that the Internet and easy access to computers is to blame.

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Is College a Waste of Money?

Several new studies found that an American college education may not be worth the money. The Pew Research Foundation polled 2,142 adults and  about what they think of higher education and its hefty price tag.

Pew found:

  • More than half (57 percent) of Americans polled said that a college education isn’t worth the money.
  • A large majority (75 percent) said that a college education is unaffordable.

On the other hand, the majority of Americans still believe that a higher education is important, as further research showed:

  • Ninety-four percent of parents said they want, and expect, their children to go to college.
  • Eighty-six percent of graduates said their degree was a good investment.

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College Grads More Likely to Get Married

weddingIf you’re looking to settle down and get married, you might want to get a degree before looking for your soul mate.

A recent study released by the Pew Research Center reported that adults are more likely to get married by the age of 30 if they have a bachelor’s degree than young adults that do not obtained one.

“There’s a double whammy going on for the people who aren’t college-educated,” said Richard Fry, from the research center. “They are facing difficult employment, and they are less likely to enter into marriage and receive the economic benefits marriage provides.”

Two decades ago, it was more probable for people without college degrees to wed, Fry said. Married couples without higher education relied on the benefits of marriage to counterbalance their low-income wages. Read the rest of this entry »





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