Grade Inflation

National Journal has a story (“Harvard Is Completely Ordinary When It Comes to Grade Inflation“) how an A has become the most common grade in the US and the average GPA has risen from 2.52 in 1966 to 3.11 in 2006.

The rise of grade inflation is on display every day at The picture isn’t pretty.

Chart of grade inflation

This is a problem that faculty need to take responsibility for. Why aren’t we doing a better job holding the line?

About kencollier

Ken Collier is native Texan raised in Longview, Texas. He is a product of the Texas Youth in Government program and the PhD program of the University of Texas. Ken teaches courses on US and Texas politics at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is coauthor of Lone Star Politics: Tradition and Transformation in Texas. The views and opinions expressed herein and pretty much everywhere else are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Stephen F. Austin State University, CQ Press/Sage, my coauthors, my wife, daughter, and two of my three dogs. View all posts by kencollier

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