Bloody marvelous! I hope your papers will result in nothing less than a full critical review of national strategy (which has been in large measure captured by institutional interests).
Interesting papers, though I would have issues with some of your assumptions, arguments and conclusions the issues are certainly worth debating.
Outstanding! Keep up the good work.
While there has been pressure to dumb down courses, it is my honest experience that this has not happened in my area. The fact that our percentages of higher grades has increased is not, in our case, evidence of dumbing down. Our attrition rate has however shot up. Pressure on this (including the threat of course closure) is ongoing.
Really glad that you took the time (much as it must have been), to research and provide concrete evidence for the widely known (and widely ignored), demise of standards across the board.
I loved your reference to regulatory capture. I thought I was the only one to notice it as a wide-spread phenomenon in Irish education! There is also regulatory surrender – look at the NCCA!
An interesting paper raising important issues – well done. The role of external examiners is called to question. In the good old days these were shared by a number of institutions and appointed externally thus being a force towards comparability of standards. Allowing so many individual institutions to appoint their own externals is a questionable practice.
We have been debating this issue informally within our college for the past year or two, and it is something I am increasingly concerned about. I have just read your paper on the social and institutional pressures on grade inflation. It has made me resolve to stand firm at Examination Boards not to cave in to pressures to increase students marks to pass or compensation when it is not warranted, and particularly when the student’s performance overall is weak. It has also made me reconsider my strategy for setting examinations and preparing students for them in the coming academic year.
I have read your papers on grade inflation in the universities with great interest and I look forward to reading the paper on Leaving Cert grade inflation reported in today’s Irish Times. We are suffering grade inflation in where I teach, but many lecturers resist it and our President is very aware of the deadly effect it has had in the UK, and supports us.
Congratulations on the article and your courage in publishing it. … Would it surprise you if I would find it difficult to distinguish between the content of what I taught to the Inter Cert entry OPW trainees in the 1960’s and the current content to the B. Eng students of today?