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Grade inflation: undergraduate students’ perspective

Stephen L. Baglione (Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida, USA)
Zachary Smith (Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida, USA)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 18 March 2022

Issue publication date: 24 March 2022




The purpose of this paper is to determine whether students perceive grade inflation as a problem. It questions whether differences exist in perceptions based upon gender and grade point average (GPA).


Previously validated scales were used to assess perceptions. The sample included 108 full-time traditional-aged undergraduate students from a private university.


Students do not believe A grades are given more than deserved; however, they believe some receive higher grades than deserved. Grades are seen as an accurate reflection of achievement. Neither gender nor GPA differences were found on grade inflation perceptions, although women believe faculty give higher grades to receive better student evaluations.


This paper combines student perceptions about grade inflation and analysis by gender and GPA.



Baglione, S.L. and Smith, Z. (2022), "Grade inflation: undergraduate students’ perspective", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 251-267.



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