Grade Inflation in Higher Education: Isolated or Systemic?

By Sean Mulvenon and Dan Ferritor.

Published by The Learner Collection

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An examination of the pattern of increasing grades assigned at the postsecondary level of education.

Keywords: Grade Inflation, Higher Education, Educational Policy

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp.55-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 845.460KB).

Dr. Sean Mulvenon

Sean W. Mulvenon is a professor of educational statistics, The Billingsley Chair for Educational Research and Policy Studies, and Director of the National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES) at the University of Arkansas. He completed his doctoral work at Arizona State in 1993 with his dissertation "Analytical Power Formulae for Repeated Measures Designs." His professional career includes a visiting assistant professor position at the University of Illinois 1993-1995, and since 1995 he has held a faculty appointment at the University of Arkansas. His scholarship and professional record include: * 40 published manuscripts and 1 book * Over 100 national and international professional presentations * $4.2 million in external funding generated at the University of Arkansas * Recipient of the first National Science Foundation grant in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas * A journal editorship and reviewer for numerous journals * Member of the National Research Advisory Board for the National Center for Educational Accountability * Member of National Research Advisory Panel for Study on Teacher Preparation Programs * Currently holds 207 copyrighted programs from work at NORMES * Numerous awards, including the College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Research Award in 1999. His primary research interest include longitudinal data modelling, educational assessment procedures, and methodological designs for educational research. Additionally, since 1998 he has written over 20 proprietary reports for the Arkansas Department of Education, Community Care Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Arkansas school districts. He has worked extensively with the Arkansas Department of Education in developing measurement and assessment models for their state school accountability program, with his work in this area recognized both within Arkansas and nationally.

Dan Ferritor

Dan Ferritor if a professor of sociology and the former chancellor for the University of Arkansas, United States of America

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