A professor recommends Valen Johnson’s Grade Inflation: A Crisis in College Education. A Duke statistician, Johnson makes the case that students give good evaluations to instructors from whom they expect good grades. “Since these days student evaluations make or break a young faculty member’s chances for tenure, the end result of the ‘consumerism’ model of education is that many young faculty members feel they must “buy” student favor by giving away high marks, and destroying all sensible standards,” writes the professor, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Why grades rise
April 29, 2004 by