Grade Inflation In College Essay

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Everyone always says that college is different than high school. They say you become more independent, it is harder, scarier, and so on. There are many things said and projected about college. One that is true about college being different than high school is the grading process. In high school teachers can be tough graders, but usually have a basic grading process. While in college, professors are grading harder or easier so they do not lose their jobs. Grade inflation is becoming a major issue in college it seems. In the articles, Grade Inflation Gone Wild by Stuart Rojstaczer and Doesn’t Anybody Get a C Anymore by Phil Primack speak upon grade inflation and grading in college. Grade inflation is seen as a problem. Grading depends on the …show more content…
He explains how he looks at graphs on grade inflation and sees that grades have been going up. With this, he infers that college students go into class without being prepared and going in thinking they will get a B+ or better (Rojstaczer 6). Tied to this he starts with a perception that college students get bored with few hours filled learning and began to drink. His solution is a two-step process. One schools need to admit that there is a problem. Next, they need to “implement policies or guidelines” to restore excellence. He also says that colleges and universities need to “roll up their sleeves, bring down inflated grades, and encourage real learning.” (Rojstaczer 11) In the end, Rojstaczer thinks grade inflation is something that just has happened over the years and that students are not trying. His call to action is that colleges and universities need to work back to the old ways to make them great …show more content…
He explains his grading process and how a student got upset about getting a B when he almost gave them a C (Primack 2). He quotes universities and professors to support his claim about grade inflation. He then goes to explain that smarter students do get higher grades, but it is the parents who pay for their students tuitions that have their parents complain about their children’s grades. With this universities need these parents with institutional backing to grow and stay afloat. For his final sentence, he quotes Rojstaczer “Grade inflation in academia is like the alcoholic brother you pretend is doing fine. When someone calls your brother drunk, you get angry and defend him, although privately you worry. That’s where we are with grade inflation: public denial and private concern.” (Primack 10) Ultimately this means that grade inflation is something the people do not see until they are being blamed for it. There is not really a call to action in Primack’s own words. He just quotes and uses Rojstaczer’s words on policy changes of colleges and professors. With these two articles fully analyzed, it’s come to conclusion that they both think grade inflation is a problem and one that is majorly on the

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