A few days ago someone asked me for a copy of the article I wrote in 2009 on undergraduate grade distributions at the University of Waterloo over a 19 year period from 1988/89 to 2006/07. After re-reading the article, I decided it would be a good idea to place a copy of the presentation here in case anyone else may find it useful.
Looking back on the research in that paper, I still feel that although it is impossible to say exactly why there was a slow and steady increase in the proportion of A’s that were awarded to students over that period, that it was data worth presenting. It generated discussion on why we assign grades to the work our students submit, on what functions we want these grades to perform, on how we want to apply them. Most of all I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given those data and the opportunity to share what I found at a local conference.