ERIC Number: ED129917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Grade Inflation in Higher Education: What Can Or Should We Do?
Juola, Arvo E.
Data from a 1974 national survey of 134 colleges was presented to verify that grade point averages had increased.404 points from 1965 to 1973. Approximately two-thirds of the increase occurred since 1968 and the 1968 to 1970 period showed the highest average annual increments. Essentially, the same pattern and magnitude of change was revealed for college subgroups classified on the basis of size, geographic area, curricular emphasis, degrees offered, and public-private. Possible actions to counter the trend were cited but rational initial steps proposed more research to identify the scope of the problem and reasons for the movement. Dialogue to develop an institutional or unit perspective was considered an essential phase. Grade inflation was considered to be but symptom of a broader problem; namely, of an increased concern for student views and subsequent instructional innovations to adapt to these views. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, California, April 1979)