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52 get the boot: Plagiarism on MBA application essays

March 8, 2012 by

Application essays are always a significant and arduous aspect of the business school admissions process.  I remember what it was like for me, and am constantly reminded of the epic task by many of my students who are in the throes of composing essays they can feel great about.

A recent story on reveals an unfortunate and alarming story about fifty-two submitted applications to UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.  Through plagiarism detection software, the admissions committee learned that twelve first round applicants and forty second round applicants had plagiarized some or all of their application essays.  The school has defined a line that cannot be crossed: if 10% or more of the essay is lifted from and unattributed to an outside source, then the application will be thrown out without hesitation.

More than 100 colleges and universities are now using a software program called Turnitin to detect plagiarism on … Read full post

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