By Lester H. Hunt

An authoritative and provocative dialogue of the foremost matters surrounding grade inflation and its attainable results on educational excellence.

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M E D I A DY N A M I C S A N D S Y M B O L S Part of “this” is about the origins, media, and distribution of a story from private to public arenas. It is a communications saga. 5 Of every three stories that appear in the general and trade press on this issue, two are situated in institutions such as Princeton and Amherst, the type of school that controls the nature and flow of information about higher education to the major media distribution nodes. The media, in turn, are delighted to report that a higher percentage of grades awarded in courses at Midastouch colleges are “As” than was the case twenty or twenty-five or thirty years ago.

Grade Inflation and Letters of Recommendation,” Occasional Paper (Cambridge, MA: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002). 4. org. 5. Adelman’s newer data challenge the premise that there has been any increase. ” 6. : Addison-Wesley, 1995). 7. Harvey Mansfield, “Grade Inflation: It’s Time to Face the Facts,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2001. 8. Ohmer Milton, Howard Pollio, and James Eison, Making Sense of College Grades (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1986). Alfie Kohn 11 9. Edward L.

258). While women have historically earned higher grades than men, when the pool expanded by as much as it did in the 1980s, women’s average GPA inevitably fell (following statistical conventional wisdom), though it still remained higher than men’s average GPA. Then turn to the generally upward slope in GPAs between the 1980s and 1990s, and consider the letter grade distribution in terms of the increase in the percentage of grades removed from GPA calculations (the Pass/Credit line, and the Withdrawal/Repeat line).

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