Impact of Grade Inflation Must Not Be Overstated

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The news this week that the number of first-class degrees awarded by Trinity has increased by 33% between 2013 and 2015 will likely evoke concern that this is the latest symptom of a general trend of grade inflation in Irish third-level sector. Indeed, with some courses seeing as many as 61% of graduates awarded a first, one could probably be forgiven for thinking …” (more)

[University Times, 12 February]

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33% Increase in First-Class Degrees Awarded Between 2012 and 2015

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students achieving a first in their undergraduate degree has increased dramatically in recent years, with a 33% increase in the number of first-class honours awarded between 2012/13 and 2014/15. In 2012/13, 397 students were awarded firsts, according to the most recent Senior Lecturer’s Report …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 7 February]

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Record one in four graduates in UK awarded top degrees

Posted in Teaching on January 12th, 2017 by steve

“The proportion of students leaving university with top honours has risen in the last five years to reach record levels, figures show. Almost one in four (24%) students who gained a degree graduated with a first last year, compared with 17% in 2011-12, according to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The figures, which cover UK universities and colleges, are likely to spark fresh debate about whether the centuries-old degree classification system is still fit for purpose …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 January]

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Grade inflation: doesn’t bother me

Posted in Teaching on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent and impressive study on grade inflation in the IoT sector comes at an appropriate time. Exam boards are coming to an end and the various drivers of student grades are fresh in our minds. There is absolutely no doubt that grade inflation is occurring, ie third level students are getting higher grades and doing so even when their second level performance would suggest that their grades should be getting lower …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 June]

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Surge in first-class honours at institutes of technology

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of students at institutes of technology graduating with first-class honours degrees has doubled in the past 15 years, new figures show. The authors of a new report said the findings show grade inflation ‘is a fire that will not be quenched’, with sharp rises also evident in distinctions across ordinary degrees and higher certificates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Grade inflation: the fire that will not be quenched

Posted in Teaching on June 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Grade inflation is a fire that simply will not be quenched, at least in so far as the Institutes of Technology are concerned, according to the latest data collected and analyzed in Paper 11 published by the Network for Irish Educational Standards …” (more)

[Network for Irish Educational Standards, 13 June]

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Degree classifications must change to stop students ‘coasting’, says minister

Posted in Teaching on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has called for changes to degree classifications, claiming that 2:1s are now so common that they allow some students to ‘coast’ and still get one …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 1 July]

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Half of universities have ‘made changes to degree algorithms’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“Almost half of universities have changed how they calculate their degree classifications in the past five years to ensure that students do not get lower grades on average than those at rival institutions. The Higher Education Academy found that 47% of institutions it surveyed had changed their degree algorithms since 2010 …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 11 June]

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British universities prepare for American-style grade point averages

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2015 by steve

UK“Are British universities finally ready to introduce an alternative to traditional degree classifications? After more than a decade of informal talks, consultations, steering groups and pilot studies, it seems that they may have reached the elusive goal of implementing a more precise indicator of degree grades …” (more)

[Jack Grove, InsideHigherEd, 4 June]

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Scores plan for university degrees

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities should show students’ achievement with points scores, as well as the existing degree grades, says a higher education advisory group. A group of university experts is proposing a system giving more detailed information alongside grades such as first or upper second class degrees …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 28 May]

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UK universities should scrap degree classes in favour of American GPA report to say

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“The government ordered report could consign the current method of awarding firsts and 2:1s to the history books after a two year pilot study. The current degree classifications could be consigned to the scrapheap, a government advisory group is due to announce later this week …” (more)

[Alex Ward, Independent, 24 May]

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Most employers demand 2.1 degree of applicants – survey

Posted in Life on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Some 70% of employers expect at least a 2.1 degree from job applicants, a major new survey shows. The study, published on Wednesday by the Department of Education and Skills, found the grade students achieved in their degree was the biggest determinant of whether they were called for a job interview …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Examiners give hugely different marks

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“Undergraduates awarded low scores for their work may receive top marks if they are graded by another academic, a study suggests. As part of the study into inconsistent marking, 24 academics in four disciplines were recruited from 20 UK universities and each asked to mark five pieces of student work …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 30 April]

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Record numbers graduate with first-class degrees

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Record numbers of UK students graduated with a top degree last summer, according to new figures. Some 20% of graduates achieved a first-class degree in 2014, while 51% got an upper second …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 15 January]

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Are UK degree standards comparable?

Posted in Teaching on November 13th, 2014 by steve

UK“‘Is a 2:1 in history at Oxford Brookes worth the same as a 2:1 in history at Oxford?’ Five years ago, this question was posed by a parliamentary select committee to the vice-chancellors of both of those universities. Their rambling and convoluted responses …” (more)

[Chris Rust, Times Higher Education, 13 November]

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Marked differences: time for new degree systems?

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“The fact that firsts are far more common in science than arts boosts case for reform of UK system …” (more)

[Victoria Halman, Times Higher Education, 31 July]

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Is a Trinity degree worth more?

Posted in Life on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Paddy Cosgrave, founder of the Dublin Web Summit, only wants to hire top honours graduates to fill upcoming positions (‘Tech entrepreneur hits a nerve’, Education, May 9th). He is overlooking a big opportunity …” (more)

[Edel Foley, Irish Times, 13 May]

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More on Grade Inflation

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“Brian Lucey’s recent post on grade inflation was interesting in that it presented some actual hard data, something that is often lacking in commentaries on education. Going back to the original document on which this data is based …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 May]

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It’s Very Difficult to Measure the Quality of a Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2014 by steve

“Measuring the quality of a programme is very tricky. Paddy Cosgrave, founder of the Dublin Web Summit has suggested that a degree from Trinity College Dublin has more value than an equivalent qualification from other Irish universities …” (more)

[Taliessin through Logres, 12 May]

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Grade inflation in Irish universities

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2014 by steve

“The recent discussion around the comments of Paddy Cosgrave, the founder of The Summit, has reignited the question of grade inflation …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 11 May]

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