March 08, 2003

Instructors' Status and Grade Inflation

A study by sociologists Melanie Moore and Richard Trahan tests the hypothesis that "lower status instructors with less secure positions are more likely to assign higher grades than higher status instructors with tenured positions." The unsurprising results?: "Achieved organizational status in terms of rank and tenure is significantly related to grades awarded. Instructors with less secure positions give higher grades on average than instructors with more secure positions."

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at March 8, 2003 01:06 PM