ERIC Number: ED161374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of Grades in 144 Undergraduate Courses. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Prather, James E.; And Others
The trends from 1970-75 in course-by-course grading at a large public urban university are described. A total of 144 undergraduate courses were analyzed to determine if systematic grade inflation was occurring. Multiple linear regressions were fitted to more than 125,000 final course grades by courses. Most course grading patterns showed little evidence of systematic and homogeneous change over time. The increasing cumulative grade point average for undergraduates at the institution was not caused by a general relaxing of grading students. The supposition is that more students are moving away from traditional curricula into courses and degree programs that they find have grading standards reflecting their abilities and/or interests. Regression data for five courses, a chart on the net changes in average grades for 122 courses, and a conceptual schema for grade results are appended. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Curriculum, College Students, Core Curriculum, Grade Inflation, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Longitudinal Studies, Majors (Students), Models, Research Projects, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Office of Institutional Planning.
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)