The article “A Question of Honor: Cheating on campus undermines the reputation of our universities and the value of their degrees. Now is the time for students themselves to stop it” was written by American Scholar, Chase William. In this article, the author explores different challenges facing higher education in the United States of America. Specifically, the author has demonstrated how declining education quality, decreasing funding and declining student and faculty moral affect college students. The author also discusses plagiarism and cheating as the major social challenges facing students and urges the leadership of the universities to take strict measures to curb academic dishonesty. Through critical analysis of the data related to cheating among college students, Chase explores ethical and moral elements associated with aims of higher education in America.
This article presents a number of issues in the abstract that are assumed to be the representative of the whole paper. This paper presents arguments on how college financial decline, decline in the quality of education, moral, ethical and cheating affect college students. The author has discussed these issues accordingly and has presented clear discussion on how they impact on college students. However, some issues outlined in the abstract are not discussed in-depth in the body of this article. The author’s abstract does not accurately represent the whole article in general because of inclusion and omission
of important themes in the abstract and the body of the article respectively. For example, this article talks about student and faculty moral as some challenges of college students. However in the body of the text, the author has not demonstrated how faculty and student moral affect students them. Moreover, the author has not included the aim and objective of this investigation thus the intended audience is not certain. The author of this article has made a number of conclusions based on secondary data. Despite basing his discussions and conclusions on secondary data, this article does not present accurate references for such information. In this regard, a follow up or interrogation of the information presented in this article is not possible. Moreover, the researcher has not presented the methods used to collect, analyze and present such information. Credible research outlines how data is collected, analyzed and presented in a research design thus accurate conclusions are based on factual information. In this regard, obtaining fact is the basis for authentic information in research design. While secondary sources are also used in credible research as sources of information, primary sources would have been important in this article based on the accuracy it deserves. This article would have been improved by sampling and conducting interviews and using questionnaires to collect information from college students and faculties. The discussion in this article has focused on a wide number of issues which are very critical in supporting the point of argument. For example the writer cites from previous research on the same topic as well as statistical data .This is important since the references gives strength to the arguments being advanced by the writer. However, some