Are Students Better, or Just Their Grades?
Are A's in college easier to get nowadays? A's make up about half the grades at many elite schools, according to a recent survey of leading universities. At Princeton, A's accounted for 47 percent of grades last year, up from 31 percent in the 1970's. Some professors want to correct for "grade inflation" by limiting the number of A's. Some experts argue that with competition heating up to get into good schools, students are preparing better, and learning to write more eloquent essays and take tests better. However, Wayne Camara of the College Board says student preparedness doesn't account for the rise in grades. "What constitutes an A or a B has changed, both in high school and in college," he says.