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May 3, 2004

My Contribution to Grade Inflation

I'm just about to turn in grades, and now I'm thinking that perhaps I should follow the "advice" of Michael Bérubé and recalibrate my grades to avoid grade inflation. I'm sure that my students would be pleased to see me uphold the virtues of rigor and fairness that grade inflation has destroyed.

To be honest, grade inflation is apparently relatively minimal here at Tech (at least my students tell me that), especially given the "stingy" reputation of engineering professors, but this issue has an additional complication in Georgia in that most in-state students are on the HOPE scholarship (which pays tuition and a small book allowance) and have to maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep the scholarship.

Posted by chuck at May 3, 2004 1:51 AM

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Happy Summer! As for grade inflation I would not say there isn't grade inflation, but there are mountains of curves across campus.

Posted by: Patrick at May 3, 2004 8:20 AM

Hey Patrick, glad to see you survived another school year. Yeah, there are plenty of curves, but when I hear about the unreasonable difficulty of some of the tests, curves seem almost mandatory to me.

Posted by: chuck at May 3, 2004 10:42 AM

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