ERIC Number: ED174118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Myth of the All-University GPA: An Analysis of Sources of Apparent Grade Inflation. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Cunningham, J. R.; Lawson, Donald F.
Grade distribution patterns at Humboldt State University in California were examined over a five-year period on the basis of mode of instruction and by academic department. The grade distributions for each academic department were compared with the other departments within the same school, and the distribution for each school was compared with other schools within the university. The variability of departmental grade distributions within even the smallest school was so great that statistically nearly every distribution was significantly different from the sum of the other departments, and, without exception, each school was significantly different at the one percent level from the remaining university grade distribution. Although there was great variability among schools, the schools were remarkably consistent over time. The study data indicate that the individual schools are operating with some sort of grade standards and that the idea of an all-university grade point average is very misleading. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Humboldt State University CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, May 13-17, 1979)