To eliminate bias in grading, one university has eliminated the professor from the process. Instead, adjuncts who have never seen the students grade essay papers so that, theoretically, students cannot be discriminated against for their race or the way they dress.
One wonders though, how effective such strategies might be at eliminating bias based on language patterns. After all, students from a working class background (especially if they are from a minority ethnic group) are likely to have patterns of language that aren’t always tolerated in the classroom. No mention of accommodations for such factors is made in the article about this new process: To Justify Every ‘A,’ Some Professors Hand Over Grading Power to Outsiders – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.