Document Type



Grade inflation is defined as a high percentage of high grades in contrast to students’ academic achievements and/or an upward trend in the average grades awarded students. Globally, the A grade is the most common grade issued. Grade inflation is the norm and a topic largely understudied and inadequately addressed. Jesuit faculty can change this trajectory. For some, the matter is more urgent. In advanced practice provider (APP) education, patient safety could be at risk. This paper explores academic grading in the context of Ignatian pedagogy and identifies strategies to reduce grade inflation. It includes a study at a midwestern Jesuit university that supports the existence of grade inflation and the process used by faculty to address it. The call for all Jesuit faculty to address grade inflation is needed to best support the academic and personal growth in our students and address a problem that continues to plague contemporary higher education. Overall, we must strive to provide valid information to students and prospective employers.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.