Grade Inflation

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Grade Inflation in Higher Education: Is the End in Sight?

Oct 11, 2016 by Michael J. Carter, Patricia Y. Lara |

Carter and Lara examine grade inflation: how widespread is it, and will it continue?

How Diversity Came to Mean ‘Downgrade the West’

Sep 15, 2016 by Daphne Patai |

Are students gaining anything by replacing the universalism of the West with the particularism of diversity?

The Conundrums of Grading College Students

Feb 05, 2014 by George Leef |

Professor Mike Shaughnessy reflects on the excuses and protests that students pose when professors attempt to assign grades.

Celebrating 2013 in Education

Jan 02, 2014 by Peter Wood |

In another top 10 list, Peter Wood remembers people who did something original, creative, noteworthy, or surprising in 2013.

Law Professor Argues for More Grade Inflation

Sep 18, 2013 by George Leef |

The "kindler and gentler" approach to grading may not be the best approach, counters George Leef.

Grade Inflation in Minnesota – Just Like Everywhere Else

Jul 10, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Historian Chuck Chalberg analyzes the factors behind the surfeit of A's students get these days.

A Professor Who Encourages His Students to Meet the Challenge

Nov 28, 2011 by George Leef |

Last Friday, the Pope Center published this letter from biology professor Steven Aird to his students, encouraging them to meet the challenge of his course and not expect a passing grade just for showing up. None of the infamous…

Murray: Three Reasons Colleges Are Oversubscribed

Nov 22, 2011 by Brendan Nagle |

A report from a National Capitol Association of Scholars meeting.

Want to Increase STEM Numbers?  Then Don’t Grade ‘Em So Hard

Nov 14, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Here's an apparently serious piece by a graduate nursing student at U/Texas Austin which argues for simply easing up on grading standards as a solution. There, you want higher STEM numbers? 

Larry Summers Speaks at ACTA

Nov 07, 2011 by George Leef |

Larry Summers has some interesting thoughts about grade inflation, tenure, and the curriculum. As an economist, Summers is part of the problem (he’s completely absorbed in the Keynesian view that the federal government can…

NYT Writer Observes That College Costs a Lot, But Students Learn Little

Oct 24, 2011 by George Leef |

While higher ed expenses and concomitant student debt loads have risen greatly, many students put in little effort to get B or better averages. 

What to Do About Ed Schools?

Aug 29, 2011 by George Leef |

In today’s Pope Center piece, I write about a new AEI paper reporting what has been widely known for a long time: education schools take in weak students and give them high grades. The author suggests that the schools should…

Making the Grade

Jun 03, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

A recent piece at Inside Higher Education really has 'em going. The editor notes that it drew the most comments of any piece last month by far. The article focuses on a survey conducted by two economists, who conclude…

More Evidence of Grade Inflation

May 04, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, Ball State University economics professors Clarence Deitsch and Norman Van Cott discuss grade inflation at their university.

Do Good Professors Give F’s?

Mar 02, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

When C means degree, professors should pass only students who meet course standards, counsels Jason Fertig.

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