Monday, August 11, 2014

Who Needs an A, Anyway? A Lot of Folks on Campus Do

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 11th, 2014

Back in 2004, Princeton University took a stand against grade inflation with a policy recommending that academic departments’ classes award grades in the A range no more than 35 percent of the time. The policy was intended to standardize grading across departments and give students a better sense of the distinction between "their ordinarily good work and their very best work."
Now we’ve gotten a glimpse of how it all worked. A faculty committee assembled to review the policy has issued a widely discussed report describing the ways the anti-inflation plan has played out—and recommending some big changes.

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