A study of an approach at addressing grade inflation has been getting quite a bit of news of late. Wellesley College seems to have achieved what they set out to do: bring down the college’s overall GPA and better align the use of certain grades between departments on campus.
While grade inflation certainly does not rank among the leading issues confronting Guilford College at the moment, the results have attracted a good bit of conversation and attention.
What are the reactions of other faculty on campus? Is this too blunt an approach to a problem that surely has multiple complex causes? In an era of increasing scrutiny on colleges and universities, might such a policy seek to begin to address such criticism? Or does such a policy really stand-out as a mere shell game in which the labels we use for assessment and learning become ends in themselves and more difficult conversations about promoting and communicating the real value of the liberal arts is ignored?