Archive for grades

What Do Grades Really Mean?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“The Christmas Day edition of the New York Times carried an interesting article entitled ‘A Quest to Explain What Grades Really Mean’. The motivation for the article was based around concerns relating to grade inflation, a topic which has been discussed before on this blog …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 2 January]

Whose grade is it anyway?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“One of the key performance indicators of higher education is the grade given to a student as part of the examination or assessment process. In order to ensure that the grade is appropriate and merited and is not influenced by improper considerations, various safeguards are built in …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 November]


Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 March 2010 by Steve

“1. How are college-grades determined? The economics literature points towards a simple answer: ‘by spending more time on study’. I don’t provide links here, but for evidence on the positive relationship between study-time and grades, see …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioral Economics Blog, 4 March]

Commodified Education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 February 2009 by Steve

“According to today’s New York Times, the high expectations of American tertiary students are leading them to haggle over their grades. The students argue that if they show up and complete all the required readings, they deserve an A, and that the act of putting in effort to meet the standards should be viewed positively during grading. Lecturers argue that merely meeting the standards required to pass a course – in other words, showing up and doing the reading – should only earn a C, as this constitutes the bare minimum required to pass. It’s the kind of argument that could easily rant on for pages, but there’s one line which, for me, perfectly sums up why the professors, and not their students, are correct. As James Hogge puts it: ‘Students often confuse the level of effort with the quality of work. There is a mentality in students that “if I work hard, I deserve a high grade.”’ This, to me, is as perfect a summation as one could find on the ultimate consequence of turning education into a commodity …” (more)

[shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows, 20 February]