Friday, April 09, 2004

Supply-side solution to grade inflation 

Proposed at Princeton:
AMID CONCERNS about grade inflation, Princeton University officials have proposed limiting the number of A's to less than 35 percent of the grades awarded in undergraduate courses and setting a common grading standard in all departments on the campus.
Source : Chronicle of Higher Education (subscribers only, sorry.) Grade distribution of HURL, Fall 2003:

Grade Number Given Percent of Grades Total Credits
A+ 38 2.79% 96
A 713 52.35% 1644
A- 101 7.42% 282

At least they're down from 3.7.

UPDATE: Univ. of Houston's Education News service has the New York Times article on this story.

UPDATE 2: Additional thoughts of mine at Liberty and Power.