Harvard Kids Get Just As Many A’s As You Thought

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The most common grade at Harvard is an A and the median grade is an A-, a university official said Tuesday, igniting new concerns about grade inflation at prestigious schools.

Jay M. Harris, the dean of undergraduate education, revealed the common grades in response to a question at a monthly faculty meeting, the student newspaper the Harvard Crimson reports.

“The median grade in Harvard College is indeed an A-,” Harris said. “The most frequently awarded grade in Harvard College is actually a straight A.”

This isn’t the first discussion of grade inflation at Harvard. In 2002, Harvard restructured its grading practices after the Boston Globe called the school the “laughing stock of the Ivy League,” moving to a traditional 4.o grading system and restricting honors diplomas to 60 percent of the class, down from 91 percent in 2001.

8 comments
Roymba
Roymba

Well they have a bell curve around A so its easy: A+ is A, A is B and A- is C. They dont have to change the grading system we should start looking at it differently.

Fact_Check
Fact_Check

Please check Cornell Engineering. The average is a C there. It is an inverse grade inflation. Students graduating from there get unfairly penalized for turning down "easy" Harvard for a more rigorous education. 

commentonitall
commentonitall

It's called grade inflation.  That way they can still claim they are prestigious.  On the converse side I went to a smaller school where if a professor was giving out too many A's or B's then they had to meet with the dean.  There were some tests that had questions on them that were never covered in any of the class just to guarantee not too many people would get A's.  It was all done on a bell curve.  Harvard is overrated and they need to justify their price tag somehow.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

a cousin who went there said that in about 95% of her classes, as long as you showed up to class and turned your work in on time, you'd get at least a B+. It's a freaking joke

JohnDavidDeatherage
JohnDavidDeatherage

Pay the fee, get a "B" used to be the unofficial slogan of private schools. Clearly, Harvard is better.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

@Fact_Check Many engineering schools are like this.  At my university engineering classes graded on a true bell curve around the C - including as many F's as A's. 

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

@commentonitall What a Harvard degree now tells you is that the graduate did well in high school and got a good score on the SAT when he or she was 16 years old.

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