Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes

In lead author Ellen Greenberger’s study “Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors” she explores the sense of entitlement students have toward their grades. Hard work is confused with quality work.

Questions to consider:
1. How do you determine what you feel your grade should be in a class?
2. Do you feel that doing the minimum warrants an A?
3. What is your advice for students unhappy with their grades?




Posted February 17, 2009 at

Prof. Marshall Grossman has come to expect complaints whenever he returns graded papers in his English classes at the University of Maryland.

“Many students come in with the conviction that they’ve worked hard and deserve a higher mark,” Professor Grossman said. “Some assert that they have never gotten a grade as low as this before.”

He attributes those complaints to his students’ sense of entitlement.
“I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,” he said. “That is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.”

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