ERIC Number: ED243350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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A Study of Grade Inflation in Ten Majors at Clemson University.
Hamby, John V.; And Others
Grades of 1982 Clemson graduates in various academic majors were studied. In addition to determining whether grade inflation occurs differentially across majors, the position of education majors was compared to that of other majors. The following 10 majors were assessed: early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education/science teaching, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, English, psychology, nursing, mathematics, and microbiology. Sixty-five percent of the students in each major, or a total sample of 256 students, were studied. Each course was classified into the following categories: core courses, program courses, other required courses, and electives. In addition to comparing grade-point ratios (GPRs) for the four categories of courses, students' total Scholastic Aptitude Test scores were assessed. Only 4 of the 10 majors had GPR means lower than the overall mean GPR. Fifty-seven percent of the 256 students had GPRs above 3.0. This percentage is higher than the approximately 45 percent of all students who graduated with honors in 1978 and 1979. Furthermore, grade inflation was found in all majors to some extent. Additional findings are analyzed, and extensive statistical data on grades for each major are included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Programs, Comparative Analysis, Education Majors, Elective Courses, Engineering, Grade Inflation, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Mathematics, Required Courses, Sciences
Department of Elementary/Secondary Education, College of Education, Room 400, Tillman Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29631 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Clemson University SC