Big Surprise – Private Colleges Inflate Grades More

Having taught at both public and private colleges it’s no surprise to me that the private ones function as for-profit entities and inflate grades to keep their customers happy. The NY Times article this morning is rather enlightening in this respect, as two researchers have studied grade inflation of students with identical academic backgrounds at private and public schools over the last 60 years and found identical GPAs until about 1950, then a great increase in private school grade inflation from then until now.  Naturally

The authors suggest that these laxer grading standards may help explain why private school students are over-represented in top medical, business and law schools and certain Ph.D. programs: Admissions officers are fooled by private school students’ especially inflated grades.


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