Grade Inflation is Rampant

Barry Lenson

Over the last few years, grade inflation has become a hot topic at American colleges and universities. In case you don’t know, grade inflation is the practice of raising students’ grades so that they all dowell in a class. Many colleges and universities have silently engaged in it because it helps more of their students get into top graduate schools and nab good jobs after they graduate.

The subject came up again recently in relation to a cheating scandal at Harvard. Some students there said that as soon as one professor woke and stopped inflating grades unrealistically, it became necessary for them to share information and take other steps to keep their grades high.  

It’s a complicated issue, right? But is grade inflation such a bad thing? After all, it has always been possible for students to earn higher grades without cheating, just by working harder in the classes they take. And something else. Students at StraighterLine can improve their own grades.

What do I mean? I mean that self-directed eLearning students can achieve higher grades in some very honest and legitimate ways. StraighterLine students can . . .

  • Interact with course tutors and get the support they need to learn more and, again, achieve higher grades.
  • Take extra time to master the material that is included in particularly challenging units and topic areas, which helps them learn.
  • Repeat lessons and units as often as they want before submitting assignments. As a result, they earn higher grades by putting in more effort and time.
  • Take courses to practice for classes that they will take again later on. If you have to take Calculus in college next September, for example, you can take that same course at StraighterLine now and do better when the course counts toward your GPA.

It’s another way that StraighterLine lets ambitious students track straight toward their educational goals and success. By working harder and earning higher grades, they do better. And that can only be a good thing.

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