From Grade Inflation to Excellence Inflation

You’ve probably heard of grade inflation, but how about teaching excellence inflation?

People sometimes complain about what they call “grade inflation,” students getting higher grades for work that they argue would have received a lower grade at some point in the past. Interestingly, I once came across an article from the 1970s complaining about grade inflation. Only that article quoted a complaint about grade inflation from the 1930s.

What I rarely hear are complaints about teaching excellence inflation. Already in the 1970s, we have evidence of this phenomenon. One classic study showed that 90% of university faculty believed their teaching was above average.

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