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(Newser)   Think you have problems? Harvard is dealing with what appears to be an alarming proliferation of A grades, sparking accusations of grade inflation   ( divider line
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2013-12-04 02:01:06 PM  
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netringer: Frank N Stein: Or this guy:
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Sure, but if he really a good law student he would have made Law Review.

Out-of-country students do not get the benefit of grade inflation.
2013-12-04 06:23:42 PM  
1 vote:

NetOwl: Unless enrollment is growing extremely quickly, we can expect the average student to be better and better with time, since the population is growing, so there are going to be more top students filling those spots in school.

Perhaps this isn't as true at the top, though, since those schools already only take the best of the best (plus some token athletes).

I don't have a problem with Harvard students getting slightly inflated grades.  They face much tougher competition for their grades than State U. students face, and I suspect that nearly all of them would dominate the grade curve at a school ranked between 50 and 100.  If they had the chance to go up against students at schools with even lower ranks, it would be a massacre.

Put the students from the lower-tier schools into Harvard classes, where basic competence is assumed, and you'll see those student flunk out, quickly.

I guessing you missed that recent kerfuffle where the two Harvard profs published a paper, and failed at basic math, despite using Excel.  They were of course schooled by a ... UMass grad student :)
2013-12-04 04:31:10 PM  
1 vote:

Tigger: HighZoolander: MyRandomName: hervatski: Maybe we're all just getting smarter?

According to standardized testing, nope.

Well clearly those standardized tests weren't administered by Harvard.

People have been getting steadily smarter for a century. It's called the Flynn effect.

Right, that is, until they open their mouths and you realize they're dumb as the day is long.  Recent article, people are becoming better at taking these types of tests, as opposed to becoming any smarter.  For example, ACT/SAT prep courses don't make you any smarter, but, you learn how to optimize your performance on the test.  As more and more individuals have been exposed to standardized testing, they have learned how to "game" these tests.
2013-12-04 04:24:22 PM  
1 vote:
But wait... If you get accepted into Harvard and then flunk out, the school failed...

They either didn't have a good process to weed you out before you got in because you can't *handle* the material, or they can't *teach* the material and failed you after you came to Harvard.

I'm surprised not *all* of their students are straight A students. -That says something about the quality of an education at Harvard for sure.
2013-12-04 01:54:57 PM  
1 vote:

Target Builder: If you have your pick of the most motivated, ambitious and academically gifted students from all over the world you should generally expect them to do well.

We're talking Harvard, not a real college like MIT.
2013-12-04 01:50:40 PM  
1 vote:

DjangoStonereaver: Doesn't see a problem:

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Nor does he:

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2013-12-04 01:46:48 PM  
1 vote:
brightest and best. that is why they are the leaders of this country!
2013-12-04 01:45:41 PM  
1 vote:
My daughter at the University of Chicago says their motto is "If I wanted an "A", I would have gone to Harvard."
2013-12-04 12:58:01 PM  
1 vote:
Doesn't see a problem:

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Nor does he:

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2013-12-04 12:03:13 PM  
1 vote:
If you can get into Harvard, you're entitled right?
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