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ERIC Number: ED410880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 23
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Grade Inflation: Reality or Myth? Student Preparation Level vs. Grades at Brigham Young University, 1975-1994. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Olsen, Danny R.
This study was designed to investigate the extent to which grade inflation has existed at Brigham Young University (BYU) after accounting for increased preparation levels of entering students over time. Analyses were conducted for the university at large and individual colleges. The study first developed a model to forecast student grade point average (GPA) from preparation factors and from a time series analysis to establish formulas for forecasting levels of grade inflation; and, second, administered a questionnaire to analyze grading attitudes of faculty (N=406) who had been at BYU more than 20 years. The average American College Testing (ACT) score of BYU entering freshmen has gone from the 70th percentile nationally in 1975, to the 90th percentile nationally in 1994. The lower third of the student body that existed 20 years ago has all but disappeared. Given the make up of the student body (older than average, generally more religious, etc.) and with the improved pre-enrollment preparation levels, the study concluded that it does not appear that grade inflation is an overall problem at BYU. There has been, however, some rise in GPAs. Disparities were found across colleges within the university with colleges which base grading on fixed standards awarding higher grades than colleges which base grading on a curve. Grade inflation was also found more common whole school in the Spring/Summer semester than in the Fall/Winter term. Disagreement among faculty about grading policy was found. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/DM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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