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ERIC Number: EJ702896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-8756-7555
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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