Real GPA and Real SET: Two Antidotes to Greed, Sloth, and Cowardice in the College Classroom

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015, Vol. 40, No. 2 (April), pp. 248-264.

29 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2014 Last revised: 17 Jan 2015

See all articles by Peter T. Koper

Peter T. Koper

Central Michigan University - Department of English Language & Literature

James Felton

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Kenneth J. Sanney

Western Carolina University

John B. Mitchell

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Date Written: March 6, 2014

Abstract

Recently published evidence of limited learning among American college students confirms the damage done when students, faculty, and institutions pursue interests that conflict with the educational process. The ‘disengagement compact’ in which faculty tacitly trade lenient workloads and grading for higher student evaluation of teaching (SET) scores and fewer complaints from students does damage wherever it operates. The work of Valen Johnson confirms the link between SET and grade inflation. We propose a modification of our earlier grade index, the Real Grade Point Average (GPA), and propose as well an index for SET scores, the Real SET, to make inflated grades and inflated SET scores more visible. Used by institutions, parts of institutions, or individual faculty, Real GPA and Real SET would encourage and protect faculty and students who offer or seek out educational experiences that have not been deflected by greed, sloth, or cowardice.

Keywords: student evaluation of teaching, grade inflation, disengagement compact, Real GPA, Real SET

JEL Classification: I21, J45, M51

Suggested Citation

Koper, Peter T. and Felton, James and Sanney, Kenneth J. and Mitchell, John B., Real GPA and Real SET: Two Antidotes to Greed, Sloth, and Cowardice in the College Classroom (March 6, 2014). Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015, Vol. 40, No. 2 (April), pp. 248-264.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2405629

Peter T. Koper

Central Michigan University - Department of English Language & Literature ( email )

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
United States

James Felton (Contact Author)

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
989-774-3269 (Phone)
989-774-6456 (Fax)

Kenneth J. Sanney

Western Carolina University ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.wcu.edu

John B. Mitchell

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

328 Sloan Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
989-774-3651 (Phone)

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