Ethics in an academic environment, Grade inflation

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Grade Inflation 1Ethics in an Educational EnvironmentGrade InflationUniversity of PhoenixGrade Inflation 2Grade InflationGoing to school is a positive experience for most. From the time that our education began, and as it continues, certain things take away from the learning aspect. One issue points out that college students are receiving better grades than in years prior but the quality of work has not changed. Grade Inflation takes away from the concept that most have in mind when referring to formal education. Goldman feels that grade inflation is "The upward shift in the grade point average (GPA) of students over an extended period of time without a corresponding increase in student achievement." This can be due to a number of reasons according to Coplin, teachers are doing better jobs teaching than they did in the past, Universities have become lax, because they pay more attention to the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and letters of recommendation than they do to grades, and students have the time and opportunity to have the experiences that will count more because they know what kind of grade to expect.

Regardless of the source grade inflation affects students, teachers, and universities in a negative way. It is a vicious cycle. Grade inflation will eventually cause a crisis in our views of education. It devalues our standards held by students teachers, and universities.

TeachersTeachers are under a lot of pressure and this is motivation for them to contribute to grade inflation. If teachers give out good grades, it will keep the enrolled students there and it will appeal to onlookers as they are choosing a school. After all, reputation and prestige adds value to the student's education. If the school is thought to produce smart-successful students, it willGrade Inflation 3bring new enrolling students in.