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This study investigated the prevalence, causes and effects of academic corruption in Rivers State universities, Nigeria. Data were collected from 400 respondents using a ‘Prevalence, Causes and Effects of Academic Corruption Questionnaire’ (PCEACQ). The data were analyzed using frequency counts and percentages. The results indicated that academic corruption was prevalent, especially among male lecturers, and that it involves parents, students, lecturers and administrators. The study showed the main causes of academic corruption to be students’ poor study habits (68.8%) and poor entry qualifications (66%). It further showed that the effects of this corruption include delayed absorption of graduates into the labour market (91.5%) and poor quality of university graduates (87%). Some recommendations based on these findings are made.
Keywords: Academic corruption; Quality assurance; Education administration