Grade Inflation in Higher Education. When is an A not an A? When grade inflation makes it meaningless because all the students are getting an A regardless of work and performance. The existence of grade inflation is well known and it happens at the secondary as well as the post-secondary level. This essay looks at grade inflation in higher education.
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The phenomenon of grade inflation has commanded increasing attention in theacademic world for more than 15 years. College and university administrators, faculty, and academic analysts do not agree on whether grade inflation actually exists, or whether it is a myth to be debunked. Among those factions that do agree that grade inflation exists in higher education, there is often disagreement on its root causes and its correlative factors.
GRADE INFLATION DEFINED
What is grade inflation? According to a 1995 paper entitled "Indicators of Grade Inflation," presented by Robert Mullen, then an associate analyst in the Office of Planning and Budget at the University of Missouri, grade inflation is defined as "...when a grade is viewed as being less rigorous than it ought to be" (Mullen, 1995, p29).
Generally, grade inflation can be described as a practice among universities and colleges to deflate the actual, real value of an A, so that it becomes an average grade among college and university students.