College Grade Inflation (1960-2008)

In: Culture Employment History Source: NYT

15 Jul 2011

There’s a new study on the history of collegiate grade inflation. Fascinating stuff – particularly the difference in giving As in private vs public schools. Thanks to David Cramer for passing on the link!



8 Responses to College Grade Inflation (1960-2008)



July 15th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Is this to say that private college graduates have inflated A and thus possibly less “smart” than public school graduates that receives an A?


James Beebe

July 15th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

What’s the source for these data?



July 15th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Interesting. +1 on the data question – can you share the source?


clark Most

July 15th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Agreed. would like to see the source for the chart please.

i teach at a university, and don’t find the chart surprising, however the amount of A’s that appear to be given seem a bit high. Grade inflation is a serious problem among many faculty who feel pressured to “please” their students so that they get good reviews, and therefore promotions. They are set up for this by inflated secondary-ed grades where students graduate from high school with 6 – 8 grade writing and math skills.



July 15th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

ummm… if you click on the charts it takes you to a NYT article that contains links to the authors and their research. (I’m not sure if the latest paper is publicly available though, I didn’t dig down quite that far).



July 15th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

…don’t forget good old cheating. Its much easier to get a good quality paper for $5-10 than it was 30 years ago.


clark Most

July 16th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

thanks Dustin. i’m new to ChartPorn charts… thanks.



July 18th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Reminds me of Lake Wobegone, where all the kids are above average.

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