Higher Ed: Grade Inflation

Jun 5, 2016

A.....B......C.... at the end of the school year, many students are eager to see their final grades. But what is the real value of those grades? What happens when higher and higher grades are awarded for work that may not actually be that much better? In this episode of KUT's podcast "Higher Ed," Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT's Jennifer Stayton explore the phenomenon of grade inflation.


Ed and Jennifer have talked before about what grades actually mean and measure. This week, they explore the implications of grade inflation and some possible alternatives to the current, traditional grading system. Click here to listen and decide how you would grade their conversation. You'll also get the solution to the most recent puzzler involving digits, =, and + . Hint: sometimes a digit is not just a digit.

This episode was recorded May 16, 2016.

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