German universities awarded too many good grades ?!


At Germany’s universities in the opinion of the Scientific Council [Der Wissenschaftsrat] too many high marks are awarded. The most important science policy advisory body of federal and state based its judgment on a previously unpublished report on the exam grades of all subjects. Also study shows differences on the quality of individual schools or the requirements of individual subjects.

Accordingly, the grades at universities, colleges, and state-recognized universities in recent years have significantly improved. Last year, almost 80 percent of graduates completed their studies as “good” or “very good”. Twelve years ago the figure was 70 percent. At the same time, the risk of the worst final grade cash in “satisfactory”, plummeted: Twelve years ago, four percent suffered this censorship, now there are only a vanishing 1.1 percent.

The chairman of the Science Council, Wolfgang Marquardt, was alarmed. “The trend toward better scores cannot go on,” he told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung . The panel’s report provides evidence of a “softening of the valuation standards” and a “creeping grade inflation” firmly. In most subjects, the grade scale will still largely untapped.”Differences are often made only after the point,” said Marquardt.

This is especially true for subjects like biology, where almost all sections graduates (98 percent) better than “satisfactory.” Strikingly brilliant diploma grades also have mathematicians, physicists, chemists and psychologists, then the master’s degree followed by historians. The report noted significant differences between the subjects: So the two top marks in state examination with seven per cent are still a rarity, and human and veterinary medicine rarely receive a “very good”.

Critical of the scientists Panel also provides the major central differences between the individual universities. So the average is different in the same subject depending University by more than one grade level. A German student had. Pouring in at an average of 1.6 a much better chance at a good score as at the Humboldt University of Berlin with the average 2.2

The Science sees this a fair assessment, but the nationwide performance is not guaranteed. For employers, grades of different universities are not comparable. This is particularly important in Bachelor graduates a role that can normally connect only with good grades to a master’s degree.

Because of the vast inequalities on the one hand, the different cultures of the subjects that have spawned a tradition of hard or benevolent censorship. From one university to the examination will however mainly determined by the performance of the individual in comparison to other examinees. In a weak performance group, it is therefore easier to get a good score. In addition, the grade was only a “limited value” according to the Science.

The scientists warn central differences on the quality of individual schools or the requirements of individual subjects. The scientists are calling to forgive again more different grades and thus making them more meaningful. Moreover, the valuation should be unified.


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