Grade Inflation Again!

This is my last post for a while due to changing circumstances. It’ll be back in the New Year I hope.

One of the core drivers of the grade inflation debate is the idea that the ‘quality’ of the student intake should correlate (strongly?) with the grade distribution on exit. While I would agree that CAO points are important, and have said so on many occasions on this blog, the correlation between entry requirements and grades tends to weaken as one progresses from 1st to 4th year.

So, even if one ignores things like discipline mix, variations in the level of support provided to students, differing levels of continuous assessment employed, and the generally changing educational landscape, this begs the question: what spread of grade distributions across the universities would make us confident that no grade inflation was occurring? In other words, what would the ‘exposers’ of grade inflation like to see?


About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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4 Responses to Grade Inflation Again!

  1. Pingback: Ninth Level Ireland » Blog Archive » Grade Inflation Again!

  2. cormac says:

    Don’t you mean “What would the *opponents* of grade inflation like to see?”

  3. Greg Foley says:

    I knew I got that word wrong. What’s the word I need? ‘Opponent’ is not quite it. Somebody who is postulating the existence of grade inflation!

  4. Greg Foley says:

    Just changed to ‘exposers’

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