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How to End Grade Inflation

Date: May 2, 2004
Author: Prof. Michael Bérubé
QUOTE: Incorporating 'degree of difficulty' into students' G.P.A.'s would turn campuses upside down; it would eliminate faculty capriciousness precisely by factoring it would yield a world in which the average grade was never anything more or less than the middle of the scale.

ABSTRACT: The past thirty years or so have seen a steady increase in "grade inflation", i.e. a disproportionate number of A’s and B’s given, in college classes. The author suggests that if society really wants to eliminate grade inflation, schools could calibrate all grades to the difficulty of the subject and the professor who teaches it... and statistically make grades meaningful.

--- Kyle Boelte

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