ERIC Number: EJ703043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
The Life-Cycle Pattern of Collegiate GPA: Longitudinal Cohort Analysis and Grade Inflation
Grove, Wayne A.; Wasserman, Tim
Journal of Economic Education, v35 n2 p162 Spr 2004
Individual semester-by-semester undergraduate grade point average for each of the eight semesters of the collegiate academic life cycle for five entire student cohorts for the classes of 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 at a large, private university in the northeast (N = 12,663) reveal a "check-mark" pattern: students' grades fell in the second semester, rose thereafter, and slumped in the last academic term. Attrition and participation in the Greek system explain over half of the longitudinal change in academic achievement. A comparison of the five cohorts of students indicates a rate of grade inflation comparable to that obtained for multischool studies covering the period 1960 to the late 1990s.
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Undergraduate Students, Grade Inflation, Grade Point Average, Academic Achievement, Student Attrition, Sororities, Fraternities, Student Participation
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; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States