Written in collaboration with Caroline Fiset-Vincent
In an article published in the Telegraph (Feb. 2017), Camilla Turner explains that a survey conducted in the UK revealed that a third of professors and lecturers think international students « do not have adequate language skills to study at university ». In fact, requirements are lowered which means that academic institutions now admits more and more students who are almost illiterate.
Sixty percent of professors and lecturers also expressed their concerns about plagiarism and cheating saying that they have « caught students cheating at least once, and twenty-eight percent saying that they “regularly suspect” undergraduates of cheating.
Is it really surprising that students who are having difficulties writing and reading resort to plagiarism? Are we doing them a disfavor by admitting them in our universities in the first place when they don’t have what it needs to succeed? And why are we surprised then to have to lower our expectations???