College Grade Inflation

When I ponder the value of post-secondary education, charts like this showing the progression of grade inflation in colleges make me wonder if we’re being misled:

I seriously doubt college students are actually getting smarter. The more likely cause is more lenient grading standards.

So, are today’s A’s really B’s? Does that mean a bachelor’s degree today really only equates to an associates — making a master’s degree only a bachelor’s? Does that, along with the sluggish economy, help partly explain the increased difficulty recent college graduates have faced in finding jobs? That may be reading too much into the stats, but it’s something to ponder, nonetheless.

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