Universities accused of artificially boosting gradesBournemouth Daily Echo.
Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency showing that in 2010 – the year the government announced tuition fees would be tripled – 12.4% of students at Bournemouth University and 11.6% at Arts University Bournemouth were awarded firsts; however last year those figures had nearly doubled to 22.3% and 20.2% respectively.
Reform’s report says there is considerable evidence that the UK’s universities’ degree algorithms, which translate marks into a final classification, are contributing to grade inflation.
Tom Richmond, the author of Reform’s report, said: “Rocketing degree grade inflation is in no one’s interest. Universities may think easier degrees are a way to attract students, but eventually they will lose currency and students will go elsewhere, even overseas.” A spokesman from Arts University Bournemouth said its grades were independently assessed and reflected an improvement in teaching. Bournemouth University did not comment.
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