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Grade Inflation

Is grade inflation a real problem? Rutgers professor Michael Gordon argues that it is in the current Chronicle of Higher Education (subscriber site).


Gordon is absolutely right in contending that “Students are inclined to relax when they take courses from instructors who rarely award any grade lower than a B.” For many young Americans, their college years contribute little to their intellectual development and that is all the more true when the “I can coast by” attitude prevails, as it’s apt to when students know that a stellar effort gets them only slightly more than a mediocre one.


Bravo to Professor Gordon for noting that the big organizations for academics such as the AAUP have chosen to turn a blind eye toward grade inflation.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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