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Fred Rogers once said--when there is a crisis, don’t lose hope: “look for the helpers.” Looking to helpers as models and sources of inspiration is a way to find direction and meaning. In the world of academic integrity, too, it’s easy to note the things that go wrong and to overlook progress and victories. It’s easy to get discouraged.
It’s time to take a break, look for the helpers, and applaud their work in the arena of contract cheating.
The battle against “contract cheating” (a term originated by Thomas Lancaster and Robert Clarke of Birmingham City University in a 2006 study), is buoyed by academic research. Lancaster and Clarke recognized contract cheating as the “successor to pure plagiarism,” and their initial work laid the foundation for continued research.
At the forefront of research today are Tracey Bretag (Director of Integrity, University of South Australia Business School) and Cath Ellis (Associate Dean of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney). They’ve tirelessly pioneered research on contract cheating, responsible for raising awareness and driving action against contract cheating. Resulting actions are measurable: they include legislation against contract cheating in Australia, The Republic of Ireland, and New Zealand.
Bretag and Ellis’s accomplishments include:
This year, they were named by Times Higher Education as People of the Year: Who Mattered in Higher Education in 2019.
Their recognition is well deserved. And we applaud them.
How can we follow in their footsteps and become helpers, too? Because each of us can make a positive change in either incremental or disruptive ways.
We commend all the helpers in the world. And we commend you for helping each other transform the academic landscape for the better.
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