Turnitin Usage by
California State University Campuses Reaches Record Levels
Online originality checking and grading service helps CSU promote academic integrity
across 23 campuses; anticipates triple digit growth
The California State University (CSU) system is the largest and most diverse university system in the United States. With 23 campuses, nearly 447,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff, CSU awards nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees and one-third of all master’s degrees in the entire state of California.
In 2013 the CSU Chancellor's Office launched a set of initiatives to reduce "bottlenecks" to student graduation through innovative academic technologies. CSU views Turnitin as an application that helps ensure academic integrity is maintained while educational opportunities are increased.
Turnitin has been used by individual CSU campuses for many years. Recognizing its value for originality checking as well as online grading and grading across the curriculum, the CSU Chancellor's Office created a system-wide licensing agreement for Turnitin in 2010. Three years later, 22 of the 23 campuses elected to participate in this agreement. "The high level of campus participation in this agreement demonstrates CSU campus' commitment to academic integrity and the value of Turnitin", says Kathy Fernandes, the director of Learning Design and Technologies at CSU.
More than 1.4 million Originality Reports were generated by CSU students in 2013, a 142% increase from 2010. In all, CSU will soon surpass over four million Originality Reports generated since 2010.
Glen Gendzel, Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University comments on using the Turnitin Originality Report:
The numbers certainly support this assertion, with a 543% growth rate in papers graded online using Turnitin forecasted through 2013. By the end of 2013, CSU instructors have graded over 834,000 papers using Turnitin. Fernandes says, “Using Turnitin for grading is efficient and makes better use of faculty time. Turnitin allows instructors to give quick, customized and important feedback to students while also automatically submitting the grades to the LMS gradebook. Our professors find online grading very useful whether the courses are enhanced with technology, hybrid or fully online.”
Jiansheng Guo, Professor in the Department of Human Development & Women's Studies at California State University East Bay agrees: