Where does grade inflation come from? |

​​That college grades have risen over the last fifty years is not in dispute. The average course grade in college was 2.5 in 1960 (on a 4.0 grading scale) and had risen to 3.1 in 2006.

I often hear two reasons offered for the increase. During the 1960s, Professors ​were eager to help students stay in the school, so as to avoid the draft and the Vietnam war. (The lax standards were extended to female students for verisimilitude.) In more recent years, increases in grades are attributed to the consumer era of higher education. Students see college courses as a commodity they purchase, and…

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