Is College a Racket? New Study Links a Surge in Graduation With Greed and ‘Grade Inflation’ – Opinion

The world of education has changed.

Conversion includes the ability to be educated.

A high school diploma used to be considered enough academic achievement in the 20th century.

College was only reserved for those who were highly skilled and wanted to be elite.

But these days, even secretaries have Bachelor’s degrees.

From the looks of things, we’re a more educated society.

However, what if the school became an ideal place for lazy people?

Apropos of such a scenario, a research team comprised of folks from a scholastic trio — Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and Purdue University — found that contemporary graduation rates may be bolstered by (Trigger Warning) “grade inflation.”

Prior to 1990, college graduation rates — particularly among men — were declining.

Then, the numbers rose.

Per the study published by Education Next, college attendance and completion have “changed dramatically.”

[S]Students who graduated high school in 2004 were 38% more likely than those from 1992 to go to college. Federal data and data from the Census confirm this trend.

And not only are we blessed with more graduates, but they’re making better grades.

However, it smells like fish.

What’s driving this growth? The changes can be explained by student backgrounds and academic preparation. We also look at institutional practices such as support-service spending. However, one thing is consistent across all datasets: college students are getting better grades these days than they did in the past. This has been strongly linked to higher graduation rates.

Other factors that could explain the increase — high school prep and labor-force college participation rates — have evolved in such a way so as to predictThere are fewerNot more graduations

Maybe it’s just that today’s pupils are getting spoilt.

In analyzing grades, exam scores, and graduate rates from 2001 to 2012 at one liberal arts school, the investigative team found indications of “more lax standards in grading.”

In two required science courses that gave the same tests over time, even as students’ grades were going up, their performance on nearly identical exams stayed about the same. Meanwhile, the school’s graduation rate grew to 85.9 percent from 83.1 percent during that time, and students’ grade-point averages increased to 3.02 from 2.77.

The study notes that grade inflation “raises important questions about the meaning of some college degrees.”

They ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie — these are the days of the Gender Studies major.

While it is possible to probe the relationships between constructs, crotches and other structures if you have an itch for it, real-life application can be a little daunting.

Perhaps actual use doesn’t apply anymore. The best I can tell, the entire concept of schooling’s been upended.

As we’re relentlessly informed, things once viewed as marks of achievement are just plain ol’ white supremacy.

Public institutions therefore try to erase more sin than a century.

Hence, like a calligraphy-adorned certificate into toilet paper, education’s been repurposed.

The following cases are examples:

University President Sends a Letter Announcing the School’s Top Priority: Racial Justice and Equity

California University Eyes ‘Radical’ BIPOC Honors Program Based on Equity Instead of Grades

Professor Razes The Evil of Writing Rules and Whacks White Supremacy By Gonging Grades

In Order to Attack ‘Systemic Racism,’ a School Eliminates Failure and Time Constraints

You’ll Be Graded on Wokeness: Professor Forces Students to Put Their Pronouns on Assignments

Colorado University Hosts Teacher Training to Fight the ‘White Supremacy’ of ‘Productivity’

A bit more evidence of education’s emerging ease:

[S]tarting school a year later corresponds to a statistically significant increase of 0.025 grade points, and that this difference holds steady even when we control for students’ scores on end-of-course exams, the specific courses they take, and student characteristics including SAT test scores. …

[S]Students with identical scores on the exact last exam were awarded higher grades. … [O]ur finding that grades are increasing over time…suggests that it’s getting easier to earn a degree at the public liberal arts college we study.

Could money act as a motivator for you? Say it isn’t so:

Increases in GPAs may be due to the recent focus on college completion rates. As schools and departments face increased scrutiny and…increased funding incentives, they may respond by increasing graduation rates. A low-cost method to improve graduation rates is changing standards regarding degree acceptance. … [G]raduation rates increased sharply at public four-year schools and community colleges, which rely on tax dollars and can be affected by states’ performance-based funding rules.

Therefore:

[T]Grade inflation can have deleterious consequences if it alters what college students learn.

People could be smarter and more educated than ever before.

It doesn’t appear particularly impossible.

Take this as an example of a bad data point.

[A]t least one third of all U.S. students don’t finish (secondary school)…

Joe Biden is able to solve the problem by creating the College Completion Fund. This fund builds back better up to $6.2 billion per year.

But let’s complete the above quote from EducationNext.org; as it turns out, a bunch of those collegiate class-takers are just goofing off:

[A]t least one third of all U.S. students don’t, even six years after they enroll.

Perhaps you should hold off with the six bil.

This is the conclusion of this study:

[W]Students and institutions need to be more objective about their investment.

This sounds perfect.

Even so, if you DoWith our priority shift you could make a difference in the world by enrolling at school

But in the event that you fall short, you’ll at least have acquired information that’ll last a lifetime:

When it comes to wokeness, universities get an A+ — no inflation needed.

-ALEX

 

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