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Grade Inflation: When is an A Really an A?

Fr. Peter Guerin, O.S.B., was quoted in a Foxnews.com article on August 24, titled Grading: Is Honesty the Best Policy? On a similar note, Portraits, the college's alumni magazine, featured an article on grade inflation in the winter 2004 issue - The Fairness Factor.

Foxnews.com quote:

Fr. Peter Guerin, a former dean of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., agreed that "there is great pressure on non-tenured faculty who rely on student evaluations to receive potential tenure."

"Many parents may view universities as a consumer market in which their in a way paying for the diploma," Guerin continued, adding that "students who attend class on a regular basis and are paying tuition feel that they should be receiving that A, even if they have not deserved it."

Some professors and administrators believe that inflating grades makes it harder for students to realize their academic strengths and weaknesses and may encourage students to take classes based on grade expectation. The practice also makes it harder for parents and students to determine whether or not the grade was earned.

One way to fight the practice of inflation is "to join the administration and faculty and mend them into a working force against grade inflation," said Guerin.

At Saint Anselm, a curriculum committee was set up in 1980 to meet with the academic dean and review the grading polices on a monthly basis.

15 comments August 29, 2006

Meg Carson's Book Spawns a Documentary on Vietnam Nurses

A forthcoming book by Meg Carson, associate professor of nursing, is the basis for a documentary on Vietnam War nurses that will premiere Aug 18 and 19 on WE TV. "Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney" will air at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Dana Delaney, who narrates the documentary, played an Army nurse on "China Beach," the ABC-TV series on Vietnam nurses.

The program is based on The Fine Art of Nursing Care: Lessons in Healing from War and Art, a book by Carson and Linda Finke that will be published in the spring by Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. Carson has long had a research interest in nurse veterans of the Vietnam War. The documentary will later be available on DVD.

August 18, 2006

Scala on Blogosphere, Exec Council

"This race will drive perceptions of how powerful the blogosphere is," Dante Scala, associate professor of politics, told the Hartford Courant Aug. 9 following Sen. Joe Leiberman's primary upset by a previously little known challenger.  Scala, a blogger himself, also talked about the New Hampshire Executive Council with the Portsmouth Herald. The council is the "most overlooked part of state government," he says in the Aug. 7 article.

August 7, 2006

Ward Holder in Nashua Telegraph

R. Ward Holder, associate professor of theology, spoke to a Nashua Telegraph reporter for an Aug. 6 article about small religious congregations that have no traditional church. "This is the growing edge of American evangelical Protestantism," he said.

August 7, 2006

Digging for History

A story about the archaeological dig in Italy run by David George, classics professor and chair, and Linda Rulman, classics lecturer, and including seven Saint Anselm students ran July 16 in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

You can visit the Classics archaeological dig blog and podcast at www.anselmclassics.com.

July 27, 2006

Reading Anything Good?

Mica Stark, managing director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, gave his current reading list to Drew Cline, New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor, who posted it on his blog. Cline has posted the reading lists of other such notables as Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.

Stark helps lead the NHIOP’s Civic Leadership Academy, a civics education program for high school students. The program earned full stories in the New Hampshire Union Leader and The Portsmouth Herald. The 20 CLA participants saw government in action when they attended the Governor and Executive Council’s July meeting, which was held at the NHIOP and received extensive news coverage.

July 27, 2006

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