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ERIC Number: ED129166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Undergraduate Grades by Course in Relation to Student Ability Levels, Programs of Study and Longitudinal Trends. Report No. 76-15.
Prather, James E.; Smith, Glynton
Investigated are final letter grades in undergraduate courses at Georgia State University from fall 1970 to fall 1975. Grades were examined course-by-course in relation to ability levels, programs of study and longitudinal trends. An analysis was undertaken to determine if "grade inflation" had taken place. The sample was based on records of 9,338 undergraduates who had attempted 40 or more credit hours as of Fall Quarter 1975. Findings were that different courses have differing final grade indicators. Student grades were strongly related to the major field. Grade inflation was found to be present only in a minority of the courses studied. To a great extent, there was a tendency for grades to regress toward the mean; either the "hardest" courses became slightly "easier" in grading or the "easier" courses became marginally "tougher" in grading. It is suggested that the redistribution of grades that had occurred resulted from the diversification of the curricula. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Grade Inflation, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), State Universities, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Students
Office of Institutional Planning, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta.
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