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Explore the debate and science of Grade Inflation.

April 4, 2020

Harvard Students Call for All A's Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

David Randall

Over 500 of the ivy league's brightest have demanded to received all A's due to the coronavirus emergency. This will not adequately prepare our future leaders for post-college crises.

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September 15, 2016

How Diversity Came to Mean 'Downgrade the West'

Are students gaining anything by replacing the universalism of the West with the particularism of diversity?

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February 5, 2014

The Conundrums of Grading College Students

George Leef

Professor Mike Shaughnessy reflects on the excuses and protests that students pose when professors attempt to assign grades.

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January 2, 2014

Celebrating 2013 in Education

Peter Wood

In another top 10 list, Peter Wood remembers people who did something original, creative, noteworthy, or surprising in 2013.

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September 18, 2013

Law Professor Argues for More Grade Inflation

George Leef

The "kindler and gentler" approach to grading may not be the best approach, counters George Leef.

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July 10, 2012

Grade Inflation in Minnesota – Just Like Everywhere Else

Glenn Ricketts

Historian Chuck Chalberg analyzes the factors behind the surfeit of A's students get these days.

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November 28, 2011

A Professor Who Encourages His Students to Meet the Challenge

George Leef

Last Friday, the Pope Center published this letter from biology professor Steven Aird to his students, encouraging them to meet the challenge of his course and not expect a passing grade just for sh...

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November 22, 2011

Murray: Three Reasons Colleges Are Oversubscribed

Brendan Nagle

A report from a National Capitol Association of Scholars meeting.

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November 14, 2011

Want to Increase STEM Numbers? Then Don't Grade 'Em So Hard

Glenn Ricketts

Here's an apparently serious piece by a graduate nursing student at U/Texas Austin which argues for simply easing up on grading standards as a solution. There, you want higher STEM numbers? ...

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November 7, 2011

Larry Summers Speaks at ACTA

George Leef

Larry Summers has some interesting thoughts about grade inflation, tenure, and the curriculum. As an economist, Summers is part of the problem (he’s completely absorbed in the Keynesian view t...

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