Timeline of the debate over grading policies at Chapman

by Caroline Roffe


April 2014: Future Town Hall raises questions about whether Chapman classes are getting easier due to grade inflation or if incoming students are getting smarter.



2012: Argyros School of Business and Economics publishes an article in the Journal of Business and Management citing a study that reports that grade inflation contribute to a “growing loss of student accountability.”



October 2010: President James Doti calls for classes to be more rigorous, Patrick Quinn, former dean of Wilkinson College, responded by making grading at Wilkinson College more intensive.



September 2009: Survey of alumni reports common opinion that classes at Chapman are not challenging enough.



February 2003: Chapman is criticized for having no policy against grade inflation.


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