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.