[I wrote this some time last year]
In order to resolve grade inflation, there are two issues we must address:
- The meaning of grades
- The context of grades
- Provide clear grading guidelines, whether as grade ranges (wherein a class’ average GPA must fall within some bounds) or merely as written outlines of what an A, B, C, etc. means in terms of student performance and learning. These should be department-wide, so transcripts reflect a relatively unified picture of performance.
- Make grade breakdowns, including averages, trends, dropped class rates, etc. public information. Include brief grade breakdown stats on transcripts so employers know where students stand relative to their classmates in the department and the school.