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Department of Educational Studies
A for average B for bad and P for paid : Grade inflation prospects for the Caribbean
Bastick, Tony; Ezenne, Austin
Researching change in Caribbean education : Curriculum teaching and administration
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Department of Educational Studies, UWI
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Describes the American system of Grade Point Averages that universities in the English speaking Caribbean are soon to adopt. It draws attention to possible problems of equivalence due to differing standards on which GPAs are calculated. It also explains the problem of rampant grade inflation associated with GPAs in North American Universities and identifies customer-oriented expectations of university teaching as a major cause of this problem that could spread to assessment in Caribbean universities. The paper shows how the institutional use of student evaluations of teaching, as used in both the US and in the Caribbean, significantly contributes to this problem in North American Universities and warns that if Caribbean Universities move to the US GPA system and continue this practice of student evaluations of teaching, then Caribbean degree qualifications are very likely to be equated with the devalued grades awarded by many North American universities.....