By: Bill Bosher
Grade inflation in
higher education is getting much attention. A US Today article noted that the
GPA in colleges and universities in the 50's was 2.52. In 2006, the average GPA
In some prestigious institutions, more that 50% of the undergraduates
receive "A's". Princeton and Yale have asked professors to cap the "A'" at 35%.
Perhaps there are some lessons around this issue, even if the expectations seem
First, all "A's" in a class may not be negative if every
student has attained the skills and knowledge that are required.
worse than all "A's" is the notion that a teacher must prove to a talented
group of students that some of them are eagles only when compared with blue
birds. Against other eagles, they may be buzzards.