Notes in the Margins: Turnitin, exchange students and the liberal arts edge

Claremont McKenna Not Alone in Admissions Mischief The news that Claremont McKenna College submitted false SAT scores for incoming freshmen to U.S. News & World Report (and other outlets, including the Department of Education) is causing a ripple of shock throughout higher education. (Bloomberg/SFChronicle via University Business)

Liberal arts education lends an edge in down economy Grads who scored highest in reasoning and writing, skills associated with a liberal arts education, were more likely to be better off. (USA Today)

Changes ahead for foreign exchange students The U.S. State Department is proposing what it calls “significant and controversial” changes to a foreign exchange program that has been exploited by unscrupulous labor brokers and organized criminals in the sex industry. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

When college applicants plagiarize, Turnitin can spot them The detection of such wholesale cheating in college applications is on the rise due to the use of Turnitin for Admissions, an anti-plagiarism database service that compares student essays to an immense archive of other writings. Around the country, more than 100 colleges and universities have adopted it, mainly in graduate divisions, although Stanford University is among the dozen schools starting to use it for freshman applicants this year. (Los Angeles Times)

Business-Plan Contests Take a Practical Turn Less planning, more legwork. That’s the formula some business schools are using to overhaul the competitions they conduct each year to test their students’ mettle as entrepreneurs. (The Wall Street Journal)