ERIC Number: EJ853592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Who Best to Tame Grade Inflation?
Academic Questions, v16 n4 p48-56 Sep 2003
There has been much high-blown rhetoric lately about the problem of grade inflation in American higher education. All across American campuses, deans and college presidents lament the problem. Such attention, though, focuses mostly on outlining the extent of the problem rather than offering concrete strategies for alleviating it. In most cases, expressions of concern are more ritual statements by administrators who want to show that they are concerned about grade intlation. Ritual acknowledgments of the problem, however, are seldom accompanied by any concrete solutions. This is mostly due to the fact that grade intlation is a direct result of the policies which the recent generation of administrators have pursued with unrequited vigor: the relaxation of admissions standards for certain classes of students, the treatment of higher education as a consumer commodity in which the paying customer demands a marketable grade point average, and the steady erosion of professorial authority in response to student objections to more rigorous standards, just to name a few.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, Faculty Workload, Economic Climate, Grade Point Average, Grade Inflation, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, Reputation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States