Is Collegiate Political Correctness Fake News? Relationships between Grades and Ideology

22 Pages Posted: 6 May 2019

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Matthew Woessner

Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg

Robert Maranto

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Amanda Thompson

University of Georgia - Department of Psychology

Date Written: April 8, 2019

Abstract

While considerable quantitative research demonstrates ideological liberalism among American professors, only qualitative work examines whether this affects undergraduate education. Using the HERI dataset surveying students in their first and fourth years in college (n=7,207), we use OLS regressions to test whether students’ political beliefs are associated with reported college grades and perceived collegiate experiences. We find that while standardized test scores are the best predictors of grade point average, ideology also has impacts. Even with controls for SES, demographics, and SAT scores, liberal students report higher college grades and closer relationships with faculty. Nevertheless, conservative students consistently show higher levels of satisfaction with college courses and experiences, and higher high school grades. We discuss implications.

Keywords: ideology, grading, higher education, undergraduate education, political correctness

Suggested Citation

Woessner, Matthew and Maranto, Robert and Thompson, Amanda, Is Collegiate Political Correctness Fake News? Relationships between Grades and Ideology (April 8, 2019). EDRE Working Paper No. 2019-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3383704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3383704

Matthew Woessner (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg ( email )

777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
United States

Robert Maranto

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
479-575-3225 (Phone)
479-575-3196 (Fax)

Amanda Thompson

University of Georgia - Department of Psychology ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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