ERIC Number: EJ702896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Reference Count: 7
A Perhaps "Politically Incorrect" Solution to the Very Real Problem of Grade Inflation
Martinson, David L.
College Teaching, v52 n2 p47 Spr 2004
Few would disagree that grade inflation is a major problem at colleges and universities across the country. In this article, the author argues that a significant contributing factor-perhaps the single most important factor has been the institution of the now almost universal practice of administering anonymous, multiple-choice student evaluations of instruction at the end of most courses. He argues that the process has been examined incorrectly from a short-term perspective--whether there is a correlation between the grades an instructor gives and instructor evaluations in a particular course. The problem must be addressed from a much broader academic cultural perspective.
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Grading, Student Evaluation, Multiple Choice Tests, Higher Education, Evaluation Methods, Mass Media, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Students
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
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