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How Students Feel About Grading

April 13, 2023

Two in three students say their professors grade fairly over all, according to the recent Student Voice survey of 3,004 two- and four-year students by Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse. About one in 10 of students says their professors grade too harshly, meaning that the overwhelming majority of students are positive or at least neutral as to whether they’re graded fairly over all.

Yet a closer look at this and other findings tells a more nuanced story: different subgroups of students vary in their perceptions of and experiences with grading—whether it’s fair, whether they understand it, whether they agree with grading on a curve and more. Five key examples:

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