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Harvard University Appears Guilty of Grade Inflation

Harvard University officials admitted this week that the most common grade students earn at the school is an A.

ABC News reports:

Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris told the Harvard Crimson this week A is the most frequent grade and A- is the median grade. Harvard released the grades in response to a question by professor Harvey C. Mansfield, who has long disparaged “grade inflation.” The professor was quoted in the Crimson as saying the high grades are “indefensible” and represent “a failure on the part of this faculty and its leadership to maintain our academic standards.”

Harvard confirmed the report to ABC News today and said in a statement that the university is more focused on learning than grades.

“We believe that learning is the most important thing that happens in our classrooms and throughout our system of residential education,” the school said in a statement from spokesman Jeff Neal. “The faculty are focused on creating positive and lasting learning outcomes for our undergraduates. We watch and review trends in grading across Harvard College, but we are most interested in helping our students learn and learn well.”

ICYMI: The Harvard Crimson this week also published some advice to students on what to do if they are feeling dumb, which apparently is another problem at the Ivy League college.

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