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  • Is College a Racket? New Study Links a Surge in Graduation With Greed and 'Grade Inflation'

    11/21/2021 8:44:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/21/2021 | Alex Parker
    Education has absolutely changed.One component of conversion: the value of being educated.Not many decades past, a high school diploma was considered academic achievement enough.College was reserved for elites and those seeking special skills.But these days, even secretaries have Bachelor’s degrees.From the looks of things, we’re a more educated society.But what if somewhere along the way, school became a suitable place for slackers?Apropos of such a scenario, a research team comprised of folks from a scholastic trio — Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and Purdue University — found that contemporary graduation rates may be bolstered by (Trigger Warning) “grade inflation.”Prior to...
  • Fraud in Higher Education

    12/04/2019 3:50:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2019 | Walter E. Williams
    This year's education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme to get their children into colleges by cheating on entrance exams or bribing athletic coaches. They paid William Singer, a college-prep professional, more than $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators and to change test scores on college admittance exams such as the SAT and ACT. As disgusting as this grossly dishonest behavior is, it is only the tiny tip of fraud in higher education. According to the Bureau of...
  • Worse Than Ever: Government Schools After 35 Years

    08/15/2019 8:42:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2019 | Lawrence M. Ludlow
    politicized atmosphere of today’s factory-style government-monopoly schools. ... many students did not understand English grammar ... Poor preparation, however, was only the tip of the iceberg. Students did not bring books to class, relentlessly complained about homework, and expected high grades regardless of proficiency. ... A department head had been demoted for teaching at a pre-college level and refusing to lower his standards. Senior teachers were dropping out in disgust. ... the school embraced grade inflation ... administrators tacitly urge teachers to lower standards, despite proclaiming the opposite in public. Like the Dodo in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:...
  • Skool of Rocks

    07/18/2017 5:05:44 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-18-17 | MOTUS
    In today’s edition of “What’s Wrong With America?” we focus on education. Nearly half of all U.S. students graduate with an “A” average.  That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students. Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale — suggesting that those A's on report cards might be fool's gold. – USA Today That’s up from 38% in 1998. At this rate 100% of the progeny of Gen Z should be A students. All dumber than a box of rocks. So maybe they’ll be able to figure out how to...
  • Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas

    12/18/2014 5:41:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Pope Center for Higher Education Policy ^ | December 17, 2014 | W. Lee Hansen
    In July, I wrote about the pressure that University of Wisconsin officials have been exerting on the faculty for greater “equity” on campus. My “Madness in Madison” essay pointed out that university administrators are so caught up in egalitarian groupthink that they want to reduce or eliminate differences in students’ choice of majors and in the distribution of grades. That essay elicited a defensive reaction from the university. Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims stated in a July 22, 2014 press release that UW’s diversity plan does not entail “a quota system for apportioning grades by race.” Bringing up quotas, however,...
  • We Pretend to Teach, They Pretend to Learn (at college)

    12/27/2013 6:12:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2013 | GEOFFREY L. COLLIER
    ... Education thus has degenerated into a game of "trap the rat," whereby the student and instructor view each other as adversaries. Winning or losing is determined by how much the students can be forced to study. This will never be a formula for excellence, which requires intense focus, discipline and diligence that are utterly lacking among our distracted, indifferent students. Such diligence requires emotional engagement. Engagement could be with the material, the professors, or even a competitive goal, but the idea that students can obtain a serious education even with their disengaged, credentialist attitudes is a delusion. The professoriate...
  • Substantiating Fears of Grade Inflation, Dean Says Median Grade at Harvard College Is A-

    12/04/2013 5:37:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | December 4, 2013 | MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA and NICHOLAS P. FANDOS
    The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon, supporting suspicions that the College employs a softer grading standard than many of its peer institutions. Harris delivered the information in response to a question from government professor Harvey C. Mansfield ’53 at the monthly meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “A little bird has told me that the most frequently given grade at Harvard College right now is an A-,” Mansfield said during the meeting’s question period. “If...
  • What, Me Study?

    08/09/2010 9:29:41 AM PDT · by Catphish · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 9, 2010 | Melanie Kirkpatrick
    Many of the schools Mr. Brandon describes are education-free zones, where students' eternal obligations—do the assigned reading, participate in class, hand in assignments—no longer apply. The book's title refers to the fact that only 30% of students enrolled in liberal-arts colleges graduate in four years. Roughly 60% take at least six years to get their degrees. That may be fine with many schools, whose administrators see dollar signs in those extra semesters.
  • The Testing Mess - The fastest way to “improve” students’ performance: Lower your standards.

    08/05/2010 9:17:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 4, 2010 | Sol Stern
    The Testing MessThe fastest way to “improve” students’ performance: Lower your standards.  The only thing surprising about last week’s revelation that the fraction of New York City students passing the state’s reading and math tests had dropped by an average of 25 percentage points is that anyone was surprised at all. Student pass rates dropped precipitously all across New York State for one reason, and one reason only: State education commissioner David Steiner and Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch decided to make the tests less predictable this year, and to raise the “cut scores” required for students to reach...
  • In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That

    06/22/2010 5:46:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2010 | Catherine Rampell
    One day next month every student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles will awake to a higher grade point average. But it’s not because they are all working harder. The school is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years. The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market.
  • Louisiana State University Professor Booted: Course Too Hard

    05/21/2010 5:46:33 AM PDT · by mattstat · 73 replies · 1,455+ views
    I have long predicted that as the proportion of high school graduates attending college increases, the classes offered at colleges would have to become easier. If they did not, then the proportion of students failing courses would increase to intolerable levels. This prediction was correct. As proof, I offer you the story of Dominique Homberger, who tried teaching Biology 1001, “a large introductory course for nonscience majors at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.” A lot of kids flunked her first exam. And then a lot failed her second exam. In the end, about one out five students dropped out...
  • Professor removed for tough grading (Grade inflation has become the norm at LSU)

    04/16/2010 7:33:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies · 1,726+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2010 | Thomas Lifson
    Grade inflation appears to have become policy at Louisiana State University, where Professor Dominique G. Homberger was removed from teaching an introductory biology course for giving tough grades. USA Today reports that the professor ... gives brief quizzes at the beginning of every class, to assure attendance and to make sure students are doing the reading. On her tests, she doesn't use a curve, as she believes that students must achieve mastery of the subject matter, not just achieve more mastery than the worst students in the course. For multiple choice questions, she gives 10 possible answers, not the expected 4,...
  • Type-A-Plus (Princeton) Students Chafe at Grade Deflation (avg GPA still 3.4)

    01/30/2010 4:32:23 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 752+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2010 | Lisa Foderaro
    When Princeton University set out six years ago to corral galloping grade inflation by putting a lid on A’s, many in academia lauded it for taking a stand on a national problem and predicted that others would follow. But the idea never took hold beyond Princeton’s walls, and so its bold vision is now running into fierce resistance from the school’s Type-A-plus student body. With the job market not what it once was, even for Ivy Leaguers, Princetonians are complaining that the campaign against bulked-up G.P.A.’s may be coming at their expense. “The nightmare scenario, if you will, is that...
  • Obama's Year One Report Card (Editorial Cartoon)

    01/27/2010 7:27:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 1,440+ views
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | Sun., Jan. 17, 2010 | Rick McKee
  • Fraud in academia

    05/06/2009 5:17:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies · 1,353+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 29, 2009 | Walter Williams
    Soon college students will come home and present parents with their grades. To avoid delusion, parents should do some serious discounting because of rampant grade inflation. If grade inflation continues, a college bachelor's degree will have just as much credibility as a high school diploma. Writing for the National Association of Scholars, Professor Thomas C. Reeves documents what is no less than academic fraud in his article "The Happy Classroom: Grade Inflation Works." From 1991 to 2007, in public institutions, the average grade point average (GPA) rose, on a four-point scale, from 2.93 to 3.11. In private schools, the average...
  • Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes

    02/18/2009 7:15:01 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 1,655+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2009 | Max Roosevelt
    ... A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that a third of students surveyed said that they expected B’s just for attending lectures, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the required reading. “I noticed an increased sense of entitlement in my students and wanted to discover what was causing it” said Ellen Greenberger, the lead author of the study, called “Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors,” which appeared last year in The Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Professor Greenberger said that the sense of entitlement could be...
  • Eyebrows raised over city school policy that sets 50% as minimum score

    09/24/2008 10:31:50 AM PDT · by HaplessToad · 19 replies · 506+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Monday, September 22, 2008 | By Joe Smydo
    1+1=3? In city schools, it's half right Pittsburgh Public Schools officials say they want to give struggling children a chance, but the district is raising eyebrows with a policy that sets 50 percent as the minimum score a student can receive for assignments, tests and other work. The district and teachers union last week issued a joint memo to ensure staff members' compliance with the policy, which was already on the books but enforced only at some schools. Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President John Tarka said the policy is several years old.
  • CU's fight against grade inflation deflates overall GPA

    08/16/2007 6:24:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 16, 2007 | Erika Gonzalez
    The overall grade point average at the University of Colorado has fallen in three years because the school is cracking down on grade inflation... Student GPAs fell from 2.99 in 2004 to 2.94 last year, ... "I think that's a fairly significant change," DiStefano said. "It's going in the right direction." The drop represents the first decline in grades at CU in more than a decade. From 1993 to 2004, GPAs rose 4.5 percent. The drop in GPA isn't because kids are dumber; students today are as bright as those in the past, officials said. CU knows this because it...
  • Higher grades, lower scores

    03/04/2007 6:42:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 604+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/7 | Debra J. Saunders
    AFTER ALL those years of educators focusing on improving the basics in public schools, how is it possible that the National Assessment for Educational Progress just gave America's high school seniors their lowest score for reading since 1992? Students in elementary school have improved their skills in reading, writing and math, but the improvement "stops in middle school and completely stops in high school," answered Jim Lanich, president of California Business for Educational Excellence in Sacramento and a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, who called me from a NAGB meeting in Nashville. The new NAEP report found that...
  • Report: Test scores, grades don't jibe

    02/22/2007 9:21:45 AM PST · by redpoll · 41 replies · 1,160+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 22, 2007 | Nancy Zuckerbrod
    WASHINGTON - Large percentages of high school seniors are posting weak scores on national math and reading tests even though more of them are taking challenging courses and getting higher grades in school, say two new government reports released Thursday.