ERIC Number: ED150908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Graduate Students' Grades for 55 Major Fields: A Multivariate Study.
Prather, James E.; Kodras, Janet E.
This study analyzed grades for 55 graduate major fields to determine whether or not there are differences in the grading patterns of the various fields. The study population consisted of 7,002 graduate students with 80,011 grades. The study period extended from fall 1970 through fall 1975. Across the range of graduate major fields of study, grades for quantitative and objective courses tended to be lower than grades in specialty disciplines. There was no systematic grade inflation or deflation within graduate majors during the study period; grades in only 12 major fields changed by more than a quarter of a letter. There was little variability in average graduate grades, since A's and B's are overwhelmingly assigned in graduate courses. The measured background and antecedent characteristics for students in these major fields were weakly associated with course grades. The study provides evidence to support the hypothesis that grading in higher education has been changing due to the addition of new programs of study to the curriculum and a shift of enrollments away from the traditional curriculum. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Grade Inflation, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), State Universities, Student Characteristics, Units of Study
Office of Institutional Planning, Georgia State University, University Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (report number 78-10)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Office of Institutional Planning.
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