Definition of Grade Inflation
(noun) The tendency to award higher grades where lower ones would have once been awarded.
Grade Inflation Pronunciation
Syllabification: grade in·fla·tion
- American English – /grAYd in-flAY-shuhn/
- British English – /grAYd in-flAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /greɪd ɪnˈfleɪʃən/
- British English – /greɪd ɪnˈfleɪʃən/
- Plural: grade inflations
- Word origin of “grade” and “inflation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Hunt, Lester H., ed. 2008. Grade Inflation: Academic Standards in Higher Education. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “grade inflation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/grade-inflation/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
grade inflation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/grade-inflation/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “grade inflation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/grade-inflation/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“grade inflation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 3 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/grade-inflation/>.