Battle Against College Grade Inflation

Dec 5, 2013 by

State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, said on Wednesday that he is preparing to revive a push to curb grade inflation at Texas public colleges and universities in the next legislative session.

Earlier this year, Turner filed a bill that would have required institutions to include on students’ transcripts, alongside the grade earned in a given course, the average or median grade awarded in that class. Pass-fail courses or classes with no more than 10 students would have been exempt.

The legislation, House Bill 3498, easily passed the House but stalled in the Senate Higher Education Committee. Turner said it received pushback from members of the academic community who felt it was a prescriptive measure that was addressing something that was not actually a significant problem.

When he said was not giving up on the issue on Wednesday, Turner was at the Capitol participating in a panel hosted by Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, that also featured Brian Roberts, a government professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Thomas Lindsay, director of the foundation’s Center for Higher Education.

It was Lindsay who initially brought the issue to Turner’s attention. Lindsay cited a study of grade inflation nationally by Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke University professor, and Christopher Healy, a current Furman University professor, that found that in 1960, 15 percent of all grades awarded were A’s. Today, Rojstaczer and Healy found, A’s make up about 43 percent of all grades.

via Turner to Renew Battle Against College Grade Inflation | The Texas Tribune.

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