ERIC Number: EJ1044846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 123
A Synergistic Approach to Turning the Tide of Grade Inflation
O'Halloran, Kim C.; Gordon, Michael E.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v68 n6 p1005-1023 Dec 2014
Higher education in the United States is facing increasing demands for colleges and universities to demonstrate what students learn and that they are providing a high-quality education experience during the undergraduate years (Pascarealla et al. in "Chang Mag High Learn" 42(1):16-22, 2010). Despite evidence of the elevation of grades in higher education dating back to the 1970s, attempts to rein in this phenomenon have been largely unsuccessful (Nikolakakos et al. in "Coll Univ" 87(3):2-14 2012). It is our contention that attempts to reform grading have not succeeded because their focus is too narrow. After providing background information on the extent and causes of grade inflation, we will propose a synergistic approach to dealing with the problem of grade inflation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Grade Inflation, Educational Change, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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