Nearly half of the 279 undergraduates enrolled in Harvard’s “Introduction to Congress” class are accused of cheating on the final exam, prompting some understandable soul-searching. The prospect of a permanent stain or lost degree is serious, especially when the lines between discussion, collaboration, and cheating can be blurry — and when nobody, from the students to the professor, seemed to take the course very seriously from the start. That’s an important component of this cheating scandal, and it speaks to a larger problem with undergraduate education at Harvard — and at other similar institutions.
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