Saturday, January 29, 2005

Grade Inflation

I've just read the article at Adam Osman's site about Princeton's attempts to stop grade inflation. We have grade inflation problems here as well... I imagine most schools do. The marketing and management departments are especially generous: about 80% of all students in marketing and management classes at BSU get A's or B's. These are also extremely popular majors, which makes sense when scholarships are contingent on GPA's. If you have to maintain a 3.5 to keep 1000 bucks a year, you are more likely to take classes with a Chi-Squared* grade distribution than with one that is normal.

*I guess it doesn't look exactly like the Chi-Squared... but the non-symmetrical look is what I'm talking about.


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