A report published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation puts on display the indisuptable facts:
- Between 1960 and 1964, 15% of grades assigned to undergraduates were A's. But, in 2014, 43% of all undergraduate grades assigned were A's.
- The modal grade (the most frequent grade) assigned in colleges across the United States was an A.
- 73% of all college grades assigned in 2014 were A's or B's.
In which courses were the most A's assigned?
- Education -- 71% of the grades assigned are A's.
- Music -- 67% of the grades are A's
- Math -- 29% of the grades assigned are A's.
That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
Almost...because there's a little more. Whether it's a public or private college matters not:
- The average GPA at private colleges rose from 3.09 in 1991 to 3.30 in 2006. At public colleges, the increase was from 2.85 in 1991 to 3.01 in 2006.
- In 2006, highly selective private colleges had average GPA of 3.43, while the highly selective public colleges had an average GPA of 3.22
- Among public colleges, major state universities in the South demonstrated the highest grade inflation between 1990 to 2006.
In the "make believe" world of contemporary U.S. higher education--characterized by a culture of cooperation, compassion, and caring--every student must be a winner! So, the grades assigned by professors tell many undergraduates that they're "excellent" and most that they're "very good."
Grade inflation isn't the problem in the nation's colleges and universities. It's phoney baloney grading for which the students are very grateful. Where are the adults?
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Texas Public Policy Foundation report, click on the following link:
"Combating the 'Other' Inflation: Arresting the Cancer of College Grade Inflation."