grade inflation

Purdue University

Faculty members are poring over past academic records to investigate whether grade inflation occurs at Purdue.

Agriculture professor Levon Esters says the investigation came at the urging of Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Esters says besides GPA records, the investigative committee has to consider other factors that could be affecting grades – such as Purdue’s changing approach to student academic services, or increased parent involvement.

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A group of Purdue professors is getting ready to study whether grades have risen artificially in the last 30 years.

Agriculture professor Levon Esters and math professor Ralph Kaufmann, agree with President Mitch Daniels that the issue deserves consideration if Purdue wants to maintain a reputation for rigor.

“If you have a Purdue education, it means something. If you got an A here, it means something,” Kaufmann says. “It’s not like at other Universities where 40-percent of the grades are A’s, so it doesn’t mean that much.”

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While he’s not endorsing anyone in this year’s elections, Purdue President Mitch Daniels came very close to aligning himself with Libertarian Gary Johnson at an event on campus earlier this month.

Johnson, like Daniels, wants to reduce the national debt – the very subject Daniels was summoned to chat with Congress about a couple weeks ago – a conversation he says was meant as a rebuke of the House and Senate, both of which are led by fellow Republicans.