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ERIC Number: EJ810053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Grades as "Communicative Acts:" An Expanded Role for College and University Registrars
Gordon, Michael E.; Herzog, Gregory E.; Potenza, Joseph A.
College and University, v84 n1 p42-49 2008
Throughout classrooms in the United States there appears to have been a general watering down of academic standards. The percentages of "A" and "B" grades have risen, and at some schools, the percentage of grades of "C" or lower has plummeted. Numerous scholarly articles about grade inflation discuss the extent, causes, and implications of this situation in American schools, and op-ed pieces frequently lament or deride current grading practices. One of many undesirable consequences of the grade inflation is the draining of information from student transcripts, thereby making them less useful. Numerous colleges and universities have struggled, with varying degrees of success, to mitigate the problem. In an attempt to help reverse this process, the authors explain why they believe it would be a good idea to include normative data such as median course grades on undergraduate transcripts. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States