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Education Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 789470, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/789470
Research Article

Age-Related Grade Inflation Expectancies in a University Environment

Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, TX 77901, USA

Received 7 March 2012; Revised 9 September 2012; Accepted 16 September 2012

Academic Editor: Wayne Martino

Copyright © 2012 Donald A. Loffredo and Rick Harrington. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Grade inflation is a recognized problem in higher education in the United States. Age, gender, and ethnic differences in discrepancies between student reports of their expected grade in each course and their expectations for general university grading practices were explored in a survey of 166 (mostly female) participants at a small upper-division university. Results revealed that while a small minority of students agreed that grading systems in college should only include A or B grades, a large majority of students expected A or B grades. Thus, student discrepancies between their expectations for grading systems and their expected class grades were in line with expectations that they should receive inflated grades. Results also revealed statistically significant age differences in grade expectation with students older than the age of 55 expecting lower grades relative to their younger counterparts.