December 2, 2008
Grade "Reform" in a Down Labor Market: Get Your Free 0.1 Point at USC Law
Above the Law is reporting that USC Law is proposing to tweak the School's grading curve by setting the average grade in each first-year course at 3.3 rather than at 3.2. The effect of this proposed change would be to raise each first-year grade by 0.1. The proposal will be voted on Dec. 18th.
According to ATL, the grade "reform" is "basically telling everybody 'look, the economy is in the toilet and we just can't get our students jobs right now. We're scared and they're terrified. So, we thought that if we gave them an extra .1, it might help. Really, we're out of options at this point.'" [JH]
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I hope that this move would not be detrimental to the quality of education. I hope that the school administrators had exhausted everything possible that they are left with no choice but to do it.
Posted by: Postergal | Dec 2, 2008 11:23:29 PM