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Princeton tackles grade inflation

Princeton has launched a campaign to cut the number of “easy A’s” among undergraduate students. The campaign is designed to decrease the number of A-plus, A or A-minus grades to 35 percent. The Faculty Committee on Grading said that last year 41 percent of the grades were in the A range.

Nancy Malkiel, dean of Princeton’s undergraduate division, said that if the same efforts are made this year compared to last year, then the university will achieve its goal. However, student leaders fought the policy saying that students were not happy, worrying that lower grades might keep them out of top graduate schools and that professors would issue grades based on policy instead of merit.