Experiences of Grade Inflation at an Online University in the United States - An Autoethnography

Abstract: 

Grade inflation is a problem at universities in the United States. To understand
the cultural effect of grade inflation at a regionally accredited online university
in the United States, I conducted autoethnographic research as a participant
and observer. In this autoethnographic study, the purpose of my research was
to explore my experiences being immersed in a grade inflation culture. I
addressed a gap of autoethnographic research related to a culture of grade
inflation existing at an online university in the United States. I provided seven
themes serving as my discoveries related to my observations and participation
as a faculty member. My discoveries supported my assumptions that a culture
of grade inflation likely exists at the online university. My discoveries also
contribute to the overriding theme in the extant literature that grade inflation
exists. My discoveries also support the concept that grade inflation is not limited
to on ground universities but also extends to online universities in the United
States.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
David A. Blum
Year of Publication: 
2018
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
The Qualitative Report
Volume: 
233
Issue: 
7
Pages: 
1583-1612
Date Published: 
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Place Published: 
USA
Publication Language: 
English
Call Number: 
https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss7/7
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