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It would appear that US universities aren't the only ones inflating grades. As is so often the case, follow the money.
July 31, 2004 in Academic | Permalink
This is done in a more subtle form in the US, in the form of a focus on 'retention' instead of on maintaining or raising standards; the use of student enrollment figures as a primary way of distributing funds and faculty lines doesn't always make things better, either.
Jonathan Dresner |
August 01, 2004 at 05:32 PM
Jonathan is exactly correct. In one of the more extreme forms of it that I experienced, the President of a liberal arts college sent a memo to faculty members which put us on notice that the percentage of faculty salary increases for the coming academic year would be tied directly to student retention rates.
Ralph Luker |
August 02, 2004 at 12:01 AM
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