An analysis of academic integrity among undergraduates: A comparison between traditional university students and allied health university students

dc.contributor.committeeChairAlexander, Karen L.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAllison, Barbara N.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTaylor, Leslee
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSatterwhite, Christopher Robin
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRice-Spearman, Lori
dc.creatorRedman, Justin
dc.date.available2014-05-19T15:59:02Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.description.abstractEducators within academic institutions need be aware of the ever-present expectation of academic integrity, which encompasses various components including, but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. Understanding the academic integrity environment of one’s university, which not only includes the students’ perceptions and attitude, but educator alike, is essential in education today. Fortunately, the academic integrity environment of a university can be measured via the McCabe Academic Integrity Scale (M-AIS) which measures the academic integrity behaviors of students and faculty alike. The purpose of this study was to compare the academic integrity environment between the following: Texas Tech University undergraduate students and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences undergraduate students; Texas Tech University faculty and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences faculty; and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences undergraduate students and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences faculty. The outcomes from this study will enhance the body of knowledge regarding university-level academic integrity, which is a complex issue as it occurs on a college campus. This study provides guidance on how variables can be analyzed to create new investigations of academic dishonesty. Thus, results of this study can be used to further the understanding of how students behave with regard to academic integrity and how academic institutions and faculty can take measures to improve academic integrity. Historical data was utilized from a previous survey (2010) developed by Dr. Donald McCabe of Rutgers University, which was prepared by the Office of Planning and Assessment at Texas Tech University (TTU) during the spring of 2010, and consisted of TTU students (n=1,043) as well as TTU faculty (n=479). Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) students (n =72) and faculty (n=25) participated in an additional study during the spring 2013 semester for the following programs: clinical laboratory science (traditional, second degree, and laboratory certificate); speech, language and hearing sciences undergraduate program; and clinical services management. Data were analyzed utilizing the nonparametric Mann-Whitney test in order to determine if a statistically significant difference exists in the academic e
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dc.language.isoeng
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dc.titleAn analysis of academic integrity among undergraduates: A comparison between traditional university students and allied health university students
dc.typeDissertation
thesis.degree.departmentFamily and Consumer Sciences
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Consumer Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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