On behalf of the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets and the Center for Leadership and Ethics:

When we began organizing “Cheating, Lying, and Honor in America’s High Schools, Colleges and Universities” in 2011, the hope was that a movement would begin.  The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of attendees joined the VMI Corps of Cadets – from academics to professionals and from military to the private sector – the conversation started at Virginia Military Institute on 5 & 6 March and it must continue.

It is our sincerest hope that this online venue will be a place to do just that.  Use this outlet as a means to share insights, ask questions, and come together.  Whether it’s to bounce ideas off of one another about developing an honor system or to comment on the topics covered at the conference – start talking.  This was your conference and this is your blog.  If you don’t see the appropriate thread for your comment or idea, let us know!


Follow-up Conference

Great news!  We are currently in the process of developing a follow-up conference to March’s “Cheating, Lying and Honor in America’s High Schools, Colleges and Universities.”  Stay tuned for updates.  We hope to have dates nailed down soon.

In the meantime, share your suggestions for programming and speakers!

Creating new honor systems and improving existing systems

What are some of the strategies you heard about for developing new honor systems while you were at the conference?  Did you hear about any ways to improve existing systems?

Mastery versus grades and extrinsic outcomes

What did you think about Dr. Anderman’s research regarding mastery learning versus emphasis on grades and extrinsic outcomes?  Leave your comments below!

Conference Video

Educators, Students Share Cheating Stories

Attendees at VMI’s Leadership Conference had the opportunity to share stories during the conference’s first session.

College and high school students met in small groups in the Hall of Valor to discuss a list of questions provided to them by conference speaker Dr. David Callahan. The questions elicited speculation about why students cheat; discussion of the roles of teachers, administrators, and student organizations in reducing cheating; and thoughts about appropriate punishments for cheating.

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