Grade Inflation

Initial Mandate

The Grading Task Force was established in response to growing perception that grade inflation may be an issue in Faculty of Education:

concerns that increased student recruitment not reflected in course means
  • Faculty quota raised from 180 to 220; but Faculty culture had established high course averages that may have accurately reflected initial elite recruitment and may not have responded to 20% increase in student intake
  • (However, increase in student intake may have been matched by corresponding increase in applications to faculty, with therefore no change in recruitment of top performing students)
perception that student pressure on faculty was increasing
  • greater consumerism among students - sense of entitlement to high grades as part of the product purchased
  • perception that pressure was greatest on untenured staff
  • urgency of issue somewhat abated with perception that administration had reassured untenured faculty that course evaluations would be interpreted in context

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