Higher Education

On Grade Inflation, Harvard Gets an F

Harvard University Massachusetts Hall
Last week, NPR interviewed Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield on the university's notorious propensity to inflate grades. Apparently, the most frequent grade awarded at one of the nation's most competitive schools is an A. The reason? Harvard students are overachievers, and if professors award them an A- or less, these students will suffer a mental breakdown. What’s more, since everyone is doing their best, there's no need to create disappointment. 
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