Leveraging Institutional Integrity for the Betterment of Education

  • Tricia Bertram GallantEmail author
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In both research and practice, the topic of academic integrity is often approached negatively, as if it were synonymous (rather than antithetical) to academic fraud. This chapter, the first in a section dedicated to positive approaches to academic integrity, posits that academic integrity should be conceived of as integral to every goal in education from improving assessments and student performance to increasing retention, conducting research, diversifying, raising funds, becoming accredited, and competing in national and international rankings. Adopting this perspective, however, is only possible when integrity is positioned as central to the international system of education. This chapter articulates this position, with support from the literature on institutional integrity and human behavior, and then describes how educational institutions must address cheating and plagiarism as a systemic rather than individual conduct challenge if they truly wish to leverage institutional integrity for the betterment of education.


Educational Institution Unethical Behavior Ethical Dimension Academic Integrity Individual Integrity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academic Integrity OfficeUniversity of California, San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.International Center for Academic IntegrityClemsonUSA

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