CHSS Alumnae Present Research on Unethical Purchase of Academic Papers in Armenia
YEREVAN, Armenia – On May 22, 2015, alumnae from the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences presented their collaborative study on the “Unethical Purchase of Academic Papers in Public Universities of Armenia.” The project was funded by a grant from Open Society Foundations – Armenia.
Researchers included MA Teaching English as a Foreign Langauge (MA TEFL) alumnae Kristine Goroyan, Narine Gevorgyan, Lilit Manvelyan, Sona Budaghyan, Sirush Vardazaryan, Mariam Khachatryan, and Hasmik Bisharyan. The faculty advisor was Irshat Madyarov.
The study covered the topic of academic dishonesty, which has become prominent and has attracted much public attention. Although a few studies on this issue are available in Armenia, no empirical study has been published on unethical purchase of academic papers, which is reportedly a widespread phenomenon in public universities of Armenia. This study contributes to filling this gap and exploring current trends in unethical purchase of academic papers among students and the kinds of measures taken to regulate academic integrity in public universities of Armenia.
The study showed that 16.3% of respondents reported to have unethically purchased academic papers at least once.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.