Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Colleges are supposed to help students develop their minds in an environment of open discussion and honesty. That is why this cheating incident mars the reputation of a good school. If Claremont McKenna fibbed about SAT scores, where else has the school bent rules. Administrators have taken the right action. They confessed to the dishonesty and fired the admissions official who was responsible. The incident is not the only case of lying among colleges, and it raises the question of just how desperate higher education has become to compete for students. Is anyone surprised that students cheat as well and think little of it?