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Grade inflation
July 6, 2006, 7:56 pm
Filed under: higher education

This probably isn’t my business to talk about, but I am concerned nonetheless. Grade inflation is when a really bizarre number of students are receiving top grades in courses. I have definitly seen this in my academic experience. This article asserts tha, among other effects, grade inflation may release graduates into the workforce who are not equipped to function as one would expect a graduate to. I am sure that this refers to both knowledge based performance as well as skills-based performance. I for one realy needed the kick in the but from a Professor if I handed something in late or didn’t quite live up to what the Prof knew that I could do. It has prepared me tremendously for the workplace!

“Rojstaczer, who operates a Web site on grade inflation and writes about higher-education issues, attributes grade inflation to a cultural shift.

Students are now consumers of a product rather than acolytes trying to obtain knowledge,” he said. “We now view them as customers. The customer is always right.”

I’m not saying that this is universally true, but there is definitly truth to this statement. I said that at a point in my academic education I felt as though I had gone shopping at the mall for my degree (important note: this was only during a period of time where I was very frustrated! So don’t batter me!).

Anyhow, I think we can all thik about the implications of this. I don’t need to lay it out, thats for certain.

The article:Too many A’s, B’s at colleges? Grade-inflation criticism argued, Mike Cronin . The Arizona Republic . Jul. 1, 2006 12:00 AM

Tipped off from The Kept Up Academic Librarian