Grade Inflation


A focus on admissions, retention, graduation rates, and student achievement can make institutions overly image conscious. Schools, driven by enrolments, view students as valued customers who believe that good grades are essential to future success. Schools fear that raising academic standards would place them at a disadvantage with schools that do not do so, thus reinforcing the competition among marginal and mainstream colleges and universities to attract and retain students.

© Margret Winzer, 2005. This site last updated: May 3, 2005