ERIC Number: ED156050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
University Grade Inflation After Controlling for Courses and Academic Ability. Indiana Studies in Higher Education Number Thirty-Seven.
Jacobs, Lucy Cheser; And Others
The purpose of the study was to investigate grading patterns at Indiana University at two points in time to ascertain whether or not grade inflation had occurred. Grades were compared in classes that were taught by the same professors and were of the same size in 1970-71 and 1975-76. The ability level of the students was statistically controlled. Evidence was found of grade inflation. Grades in the same classes taught by the same professors were significantly higher in 1975-76 despite the fact that the students' average SAT scores were significantly lower. One of the most conspicuous changes in the grading pattern over the five-year period was the significant increase in the percent of W's awarded. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, College Faculty, College Instruction, Grade Inflation, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Research Projects, Statistical Analysis
Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing, Division of Research and Development, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing.