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Grade inflation: undergraduate students’ perspective

Grade inflation: undergraduate students’ perspective The purpose of this paper is to determine whether students perceive grade inflation as a problem. It questions whether differences exist in perceptions based upon gender and grade point average (GPA).Design/methodology/approachPreviously validated scales were used to assess perceptions. The sample included 108 full-time traditional-aged undergraduate students from a private university.FindingsStudents do not believe A grades are given more than deserved; however, they believe some receive higher grades than deserved. Grades are seen as an accurate reflection of achievement. Neither gender nor GPA differences were found on grade inflation perceptions, although women believe faculty give higher grades to receive better student evaluations.Originality/valueThis paper combines student perceptions about grade inflation and analysis by gender and GPA. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality Assurance in Education Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0968-4883
eISSN
0968-4883
DOI
10.1108/qae-08-2021-0134
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to determine whether students perceive grade inflation as a problem. It questions whether differences exist in perceptions based upon gender and grade point average (GPA).Design/methodology/approachPreviously validated scales were used to assess perceptions. The sample included 108 full-time traditional-aged undergraduate students from a private university.FindingsStudents do not believe A grades are given more than deserved; however, they believe some receive higher grades than deserved. Grades are seen as an accurate reflection of achievement. Neither gender nor GPA differences were found on grade inflation perceptions, although women believe faculty give higher grades to receive better student evaluations.Originality/valueThis paper combines student perceptions about grade inflation and analysis by gender and GPA.

Journal

Quality Assurance in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 24, 2022

Keywords: Grade inflation; Survey methodology; Student perception

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