Columbia University Promotes Letting Students Grade Themselves

Fresh on the heels of UC Berkeley saying they cannot trust kids to grade teachers, comes an even sillier Columbia idea.

According to a Columbia University PowerPoint presentation Trusting Students to Assess Themselves, inclusive grading starts by “trusting students to assess themselves.”

I picked that link up from Columbia University Seminar to Promote ‘Inclusive Grading’.

Rationale for Self-Grading

Teachers don't know how to grade or don't want to take the time.

Honor Code

Not to worry. Columbia university will ask students to sign a pledge card so they won't cheat. That's sure to fix everything.​

86% of Students Like It

"It was nice to know your grade right away and not torture yourself over a bad exam for a whole weekend.”

Start by Trusting Students

Yes, Let's Trust Student Evaluations Except ....

Two days ago I noted The University of California, Berkeley is very unhappy with how students grade teachers.

Students Say They Prefer White Male Professors: We Cannot Allow That, Can We?

A Berkeley professor wants to nix student evaluations of teachers because students are biased.

"I Know the Students are Biased"

There you have it. Let's not ask students to rank teachers because "I, Brian DeLay, know the students will get it wrong."

It is the height of arrogance for DeLay to tell students that he knows they are biased and wrong.

Ironically, we are supposed to believe students will display bias when grading teachers but the students will have absolutely no bias when grading themselves.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

No. 1-13

I'm waiting for self-declared pay raises at work. I know that I'm WAYYYY underpaid!


I've been teaching college for 20 years now. If it was up to me grades would be High Pass (for the 10% who really stand out), Pass, and Fail. My dean insists I give grades of A, A-, B+,B,B-, etc, as if I, or anyone else, could devise exams that could measure student performance that accurately..... Having student grade themselves is not all that much more stupid.


This would work out great for those who want a government job. There's no better skill for a government employee than appearing to be working hard,


Americans you're all the same: always trying to encapsulate everything in a number.


Indoctrination, not education. That is what universities are for these days.

Inclusive is group think. Einstein would have been an outcast.