The Importance of Doing Honest Work

On campus, I often find myself talking to students about the importance of doing their own, honest work. It’s a long strain in American culture: the nobility of a job well done. In the Mountain West, it’s a value that students have been lectured on for quite a while. Our job, then, is to find new ways of talking about an old virtue. Honest Work, this site, is one way of doing that. I don’t plan on launching dissertation-length pleas or even the contemporary, listicle-like pieces that presume a person with the attention span of a gnat. But somewhere in between those extremes, I hope to share what I’m seeing from my point of view as the person charged by a modern, large land-grant university to promote this concept on campus and as the person who is asked to decide cases when students make poor decisions and don’t do their own work. My hope is that these reflections will help contribute to solving the issue and encouraging a lasting ideal of integrity.

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