True Measures: Education, Walter Williams Edition

May 6, 2009

In his column, Fraud in Academia, Walter Williams provides a great case on grade inflation.   Some of the telling stats:

  • From ’91 to ’07 the average GPA at public institutions increased from 2.93 to 3.11.
  • 91% of Harvard grads graduate with honors
  • At the University of Illinois, 80% of grades given are A’s or B’s.

While administrators say these trends reflect higher quality students, Williams wonders why SAT scores have declined for four decades and why a third of entering freshman need to take remedial courses in math, reading or writing.



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