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Grade Inflation: C is the new A
Sabas Orona Jr.
Del Mar College
Psychology
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Regina Weir
March 23, 2015

Grade Inflation: C is the new A
Have you ever wondered why your grade has been different from a friend or classmates’ when you both have studied the same material in the same class? Could it be that one of you is a better student or that your instructor is participating in grade inflation? Hopefully by the end of this paper you will have a better understanding of this growing phenomenon.
Merriam-Websters dictionary (Merriam-Webster, 2015) defines grade inflation as a rise in the assignment of a grade that previously would have received a lower one. There have been some studies in the past few years regarding grade inflation in American universities and colleges and the affects it might be having on a student’s grade point average (GPA) and on the institutions grading system itself (Abbott, 2008) (Jewell & McPherson, 2012) (Miller, 2014).
Some studies have shown that the trend of grade inflation started in the 1960’s (Jewell & McPherson, 2012). A popular theory is that the Vietnam War, which was highly unpopular at the time, played a major role in grade inflation (Miller, 2014). It is believed that sympathetic college professors gave their students higher grades to keep them from being drafted into the military. By having the students keep a higher GPA the students were then able to keep their draft deferments, thus allowing them to avoid the draft and prevent them from being deployed to Vietnam (Miller, 2014). After the Vietnam War the average GPA seemed to stabilize itself for a few years.
However the trend of rising GPA’s started to climb again in the 1980’s and the trend has not gone down since then. The average GPA has risen steadily every decade an average of 0.15% (Jewell & McPherson, 2012) since the 60’s. Other studies have…...

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