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  Education Policy Analysis Archives: Vol. 3 No. 11 Stone "Inflated Grades, Inflated Enrollment and Inflated Budgets"
The relationship between inflated grades, institutional priorities, budgetary control, and public higher education's formula funding is analyzed and a call is made for examination of the problem on a state by state basis.
Not only are inflated grades common knowledge within the higher education community, public recognition has grown to the point that grading standards have become the object of economic analyses(Samuelson, 1991, 1992), and satirical essays (Borkat, 1993),as well as the target of public ridicule (Leo, 1993).
The principal aim of this report is to suggest that inflated grades are likely to be found in Tennessee's colleges and universities and to recommend that the phenomenon be examined with respect to its impact on academic standards and institutional budgets.
olam.ed.asu.edu /epaa/v3n11.html   (13720 words)

 Inflated Circulation Totals (washingtonpost.com)
Bad News A Chicago Sun-Times internal investigation revealed that the paper had been inflating its circulation figures for years before it was discovered late last year.
Because circulation is counted by subtracting the number of unsold papers from the number of printed papers, the Sun-Times paid its distributors to not return unsold papers, artificially inflating circulation, an internal investigation revealed.
At the height of the scandal, the paper was inflating its daily circulation figures by more than 10 percent, counting 50,000 nonexistent buyers in its claimed circulation of 482,000, the company acknowledged.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A20816-2004Nov29.html   (563 words)

 Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
However, none of this research has examined whether metacognitive deficiencies translate into inflated self-assessments or whether the relatively incompetent (novices) are systematically more miscalibrated about their ability than are the competent (experts).
The central proposition in our argument is that incompetent individuals lack the metacognitive skills that enable them to tell how poorly they are performing, and as a result, they come to hold inflated views of their performance and ability.
Finally, and most important, deficits in metacognitive skill predicted inflated self-assessment on the all three self-ratings we examined (general logical reasoning ability, comparative performance on the test, and absolute score on the test)–even after objective performance on the test was held constant.
www.phule.net /mirrors/unskilled-and-unaware.html   (11065 words)

 Egypt - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Egypt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
In October 1954 another agreement was signed for the withdrawal of British troops from the Suez Canal Zone (which took place in 1956).
At home Nasser embarked on a programme of social reform, which included setting close limits on land-holding to benefit the cultivator class and expanding educational opportunities, saddling the country with a vast student population and an inflated bureaucracy to provide them with employment.
Abroad he began to assert his position both in the Arab and the developing world, becoming a major force for Arab unity and a leader of the non-aligned movement.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Egypt   (7147 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Drug agency 'inflated' treatment figures
Health officials have been accused of misleading ministers and inflating the number of problem drug users, including heroin and cocaine addicts, in treatment programmes.
The allegations have been made by a former Department of Health consultant working on the figures, who resigned after a "blazing row" during which he was told it was "politically unacceptable" for the government to miss its target for the expansion of drug treatment places.
The consultant says the Manchester calculations came up with an initial figure of 126,000, but this was deemed unacceptable and the figure was later inflated to 154,000 "to make it more comparable with the previous year".
www.guardian.co.uk /guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,1344112,00.html   (659 words)

 "Body Count" by Alexander Gourevitch
Without them, it's impossible for policymakers and the public to guess how many terrorists are operating within the United States, how many of them we've caught, which of our anti-terrorism strategies are effective--and which are useless.
But like Robert McNamara's generals, who inflated enemy body counts so politicians could claim the Vietnam War was going better than it actually was, federal prosecutors are giving us a false sense of security.
"Some of it is inflated because of the political goals of the people compiling statistics in that office," says Jonathan Winer, a former senior State Department specialist in financial crimes and terrorism.
www.washingtonmonthly.com /features/2003/0306.gourevitch.html   (1704 words)

 ESPN.com: NCF - Clarett says he inflated value of stolen items
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett admitted exaggerating the value of items he reported stolen from a car he was driving and will be kept from preseason practice while the NCAA investigates.
The release from the school included an apology from Clarett and a statement from Clarett's attorney, Scott Schiff, who said the car was borrowed and that many of the items belonged to the vehicle's owner.
Schiff said Clarett used the car to attend a workout on April 17, when the vehicle was broken into.
espn.go.com /ncf/news/2003/0731/1587916.html   (480 words)

 Silver Lake Serpent; Investigative Files (Skeptical Inquirer March 1999)
Author with bellows (probably a flsmith's) allegedly used to inflate a fake rubber serpent as part of an elaborate hoax.
In sum, the historical evidence diminishes as we work backward to the alleged hoax, whereas, conversely, details of the story increase the further they are from the supposed event.
Therefore it appears it was the story-rather than the serpent-that became inflated.
www.csicop.org /si/9903/silver-lake-serpent.html   (2843 words)

That figure -- which suggested that over 104 million Americans made the trek to weekly religious events -- seemed inordinately high, especially in light of church closings, complaints from major denominational groups of stagnant or declining revenue, and the pervasive "empty pew" phenomenon that saw churches across the nation shutting their doors.
Indeed, recent studies show that the 40% is vastly inflated for numerous reasons.
At the recent fraud trial of a prominent Baptist leader, it was learned that officials sold phony membership lists to insurance companies making it appear that their congregation was more numerous than it actually was.
www.atheists.org /flash.line/church4.htm   (1390 words)

 62,000 Fraudulent Absentee Ballots in Ohio? | Democrats.com
Over 100 precinct poll books in Trumbull County were checked for absentee voters and that number of actual absentee voters was compared to the certified number of absentee votes.
There was an inflated difference in nearly every precinct of the five communities examined.
If this pattern of inflated absentee votes holds for all of Ohio’s 11,366 precincts, then there were some 62,513 absentee votes in Ohio up for grabs in the last election.
democrats.com /ohio-absentee   (2433 words)

In questions about church attendance, though, one item has bothered sociologists for decades; the percentage of Americans claiming that they attended religious services at least once a week has not changed in the past thirty years, hovering near 40% of respondents.
That figure may well be inflated, though, suggests new research, including a study reported recently in the Washington Post.
Presser opined that in the Gallup and NORC polls, "respondents felt the need to inflate their church attendance to impress the interviewers." The diaries used in the new study would not have suffered from that "social desirability bias."
www.atheists.org /flash.line/church1.htm   (1273 words)

This phenomenon of "false positives," inflated assessments of search results and system performance, has not been adequately explained.
They suggest that users are overly impressed with new electronic retrieval technologies, and that this may account for inflated levels of satisfaction with actual search results.
Hildreth, Charles R. (2001) "Accounting for users' inflated assessments of on-line catalogue search performance and usefulness: an experimental study".
informationr.net /ir/6-2/paper101.html   (10441 words)

 Many U.S. Passenger Vehicles Are Driven on Under-inflated Tires, NHTSA Research Survey Shows
Moreover, 32 percent of light trucks (including sport utility vehicles, vans and pickup trucks) are driven with one or more substantially under-inflated tires, according to the first study of its kind to be conducted by the government in two decades.
Tires should be inflated in accord with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
Motorists should not rely on visual tire inspections to determine whether a tire is properly inflated but should use a tire pressure gauge to do so.
www.dot.gov /affairs/nhtsa4601.htm   (726 words)

 Herbal Encyclopedia - R
The flowers are in terminal, loose spikes, the calyx smooth on the outside, but woolly inside at the mouth, broadly inflated and marked over with a fine network of veins, and at the top, cut into five unequal, leaf-like lobes.
The lower portion of the corolla forms a tube hidden within the calyx, but then emerging projects boldly beyond it; it is labiate in form, like the Eyebright, the upper lip tall and dome-like, but compressed at the sides, the lower lip flatly expanded and cut into three very distinct lobes.
As the seeds ripen, they may be heard rattling in their capsule within the inflated calyx, hence the popular name Red Rattle.
www.fortunecity.com /roswell/chaney/191/id118.htm   (16847 words)

 State Suit Seeks Repayment of IPO and Stock Option Profits of Corporate Executives
In the course of investigating whether SSB analysts inflated stock ratings to win investment banking business, Spitzer’s investigation uncovered evidence of both inflated ratings and IPO "spinning," i.e., allocating shares of hot IPO stocks to favored executives.
Spitzer’s complaint cites statements by SSB employees indicating that the company’s "research was basically worthless." Other documents show how analysts were pressured to issue ratings that helped generate and retain investment banking clients.
Spitzer said the inflated ratings and the IPO "spinning" together were part of an integrated effort by Grubman and SSB to obtain and retain investment banking business.
www.oag.state.ny.us /press/2002/sep/sep30c_02.html   (995 words)

 Adelphia may have inflated its subscriber base. - Jun. 7, 2002
Additionally, investigators have turned up evidence that Adelphia kept two sets of accounting books for its capital expenditures, one of which it showed to Wall Street and boosted the amount it spent to upgrade its cable systems, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Adelphia is trying to raise cash and come up with options as a June 15 deadline draws closer on more than $50 million in interest expense it owes to bondholders.
Though investigators have known for weeks that Adelphia apparently inflated its subscriber numbers, early estimates were much lower than the numbers reported Friday.
money.cnn.com /2002/06/07/news/companies/adelphia/index.htm   (378 words)

 Gomberg Kites: Lifters --Parafoils, and Flowforms
This is a big, steady lifter with large billowing cells that inflate easily.
All of the cells are cross vented in the traditional flow-form style, and the openings in the face of the kite make this one of the easiest foils to inflate and launch.
With one large chamber, it inflates quickly and holds it shape well.
www.gombergkites.com /inflated.html   (1989 words)

 An inflated view of the ...
An inflated view of the holidays - November 24, 2005
But wait, there’s more: Word just reached us of an inflatable villa, an art installation designed by Venezuela-born architect Luis Pons to be moored in Miami Beach Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.
The 30- by-30-by-20-foot model was designed by Pons "in response to/inspired by the excesses of the Miami real estate culture" — meaning "inflated architecture, such as pseudo Palladian McMansions with columns and capitals."
www.mailtribune.com /archive/2005/1124/life/stories/01life.htm   (680 words)

 Consumer complaints on inflated BSES bills- The Times of India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Consumer complaints on inflated BSES bills- The Times of India
I have paid my dues but the arrears continue to be added to my bill,’’ he said.
P C Garg from Okhla who received a bill of Rs 4,642,428.22 in September instead of an average Rs 15,000 also complains besides the inconvenience of getting inflated bill, it was an uphill task getting it corrected.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com /cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid%3D270854   (259 words)

 Securities Fraud - Major firms have illegally inflated ratings on stocks, losing your money in the process...
Brokers nationwide recommended that investors buy stocks based on inflated ratings generated in New York.
E-mail uncovered during the Spitzer investigation shows Merrill Lynch analysts inflated ratings (to make them appear to be very attractive or appropriate to purchase or to hold).
We greatly appreciate any information you are able to provide to us because it will assist us in investigating consumer frauds.
www.jameshoyer.com /problem_securities.html   (1022 words)

 USATODAY.com - CDC says its study inflated number of obesity deaths   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
USATODAY.com - CDC says its study inflated number of obesity deaths
CDC says its study inflated number of obesity deaths
The government, acknowledging a mistake in a highly publicized health report, is expected to significantly reduce its estimate of the number of Americans who die because of obesity.
www.usatoday.com /news/health/2004-11-23-cdc-error-obesity_x.htm   (520 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Hubble peers at celestial bubble
The gas bubble is caused by a hurricane of particles from a nearby star
The Hubble Space Telescope has peered inside a bubble of interstellar gas and dust that is being inflated by a hurricane of particles emitted from a young star.
This nearby star, which has no name, is losing 100 million times more mass per second than our own Sun, generating a torrent of speeding particles.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/science/nature/3559676.stm   (334 words)

 Survey: Most tires inflated wrong   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Many motorists are driving with improperly inflated tires that can endanger their safety, a USA TODAY survey reveals.
The survey comes just a month after consumer awareness was heightened by Firestone's recall of 6.5 million tires.
"For optimum safety, you should have tires inflated to the pressure the manufacturer tells you," says Tim Hurd of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which regulates motor vehicle safety.
www.usatoday.com /money/consumer/autos/mauto849.htm   (783 words)

 Whopper of the Week: 92nd Street Y - A $1 million donation is pronounced chump change. By Timothy Noah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Grubman now says that the Jan. 13 e-mail was "completely baseless," and that "[m]y research on ATandT was always done on the merits" and not "designed to influence Mike Armstrong's vote on Citigroup board matters." Chatterbox doesn't believe that, either.
However, Chatterbox does believe Grubman when he now says that his motive in writing the e-mail was "to inflate my professional importance and make an impression on a colleague and friend." (Grubman's recent statement is available to WSJ.com subscribers here.) We can all agree Grubman's e-mail was spectacularly indiscreet.
To be considered, an entry must be an unambiguously false statement paired with an unambiguous refutation, and both must be derived from some appropriately reliable public source.
slate.msn.com /id/2074070   (953 words)

 Inflated Profits   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
RE: How to "inflate" your profits from hiring inflatables and bouncy castles (Moonwalks and Air Jumps)
I have been hiring bouncy castles and inflatables in the United Kingdom since 1992 and have picked up many ideas and tactics to increase my profits.
For a list of some inflatable hire disaster stories, please visit our website at www.hirings-from-hell.com.
www.inflatedprofits.com   (696 words)

 Inflated Ideas - Custom Designed Balloon and Special Event Decor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
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Whether you're hosting a grand event or merely responsible for a splash of decor, you want to leave a lasting impression.
From Children's Parties to Corporate Events, from small and simple to elaborate and grand, elegant and distinctive to wild and outrageous, we can provide whatever you require.
www.inflatedideas.com   (239 words)

 For-Profit Hospitals Deliver Inferior Care at Inflated Prices
For-Profit Hospitals Deliver Inferior Care at Inflated Prices
For-Profit Hospitals Deliver Inferior Care at Inflated Prices and Cost Medicare an Extra $5.2 Billion Annually
In the 2000 Presidential elections, let's ensure that at least one candidate will have the courage to insist that health care be a human right and refuse to accept any campaign funding from for-profit HMOs, hospitals, physicians' groups, nursing homes and drug companies."
cthealth.server101.com /for-profit_hospitals_deliver_inferior_care_at_inflated_prices.htm   (643 words)

 VH1.com : News : Labels Owe Consumers $140 Million From Inflated CD Prices, Settlement Says
allegations that the major labels and retailers had violated antitrust laws and illegally inflated the cost of CDs.
At issue was a policy called "minimum advertised pricing," or MAP, under which the major labels would jointly pay for advertising if a retailer agreed to sell CDs above a certain price.
E-commerce on this website is brought to you by MTVN Direct Inc.
www.vh1.com /news/stories/1457874.jhtml   (750 words)

 Much-inflated carbon-14 dates from subfossil trees: a new mechanism
C after the Creation and Flood would have produced artificially-old carbon-14 dates.
C-free volcanogenic carbon dioxide after the Flood would have further inflated the carbon-14 dates of tree rings in a systematic manner in many parts of the world.
The carbon-14 dating method is based on the assumption that tiny amounts of radioactive
www.answersingenesis.org /tj/v15/i3/carbon14.asp   (1406 words)

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