Friday, April 19, 2013

Grade inflation and tuition inflation: Are the two related?

That's the topic of a terriffic post this morning at Carpe Diem.  In academia, at least, it's a well-known fact that grades have been rising for several decades.  It's called grade inflation and is the subject of an increasing amount of scrutiny in hopes of identifying its causes and its potential effects.  What's valuable about this particular post is that, while CD covers some of the background info on grade inflation (and it is fascinating), it speculates that the decades-long increase in tuition rates may just be fueled, in part, by grade inflation.  From the article:
Perhaps grade inflation is being used to counteract some of the student and parent outrage over: a) rising tuition and student debt, b) administrative bloat, c) increased teaching by adjuncts, and d) the problem of actually find a job after graduating? Even if students pay record-high tuition and graduate with student debt and can’t find a job, they can take pride in having “earned” an inflated GPA? Both of these trends (rising college GPAs and rising college tuition) would seem to be unsustainable in the long run, no?
There are a couple of excellent charts at the post as well.  Check it all out here.