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August 19, 2010 3:57 PM Five White Guys Talk About Grade Inflation

By Daniel Luzer

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, an organization focused on college costs and “stagnant efficiency” in higher education, features a discussion in which several staffers complain about grade inflation, the supposedly unjustifiable increase in the average college GPA over time.

While different colleges give very different sorts of grades and grade inflation actually may be something of a myth, many pundits find grade inflation particularly troublesome because it seems to indicate that people are being rewarded for not trying very hard.

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What’s odd about this is that no one manages to establish why grade inflation might actually be a problem.

So admissions officers and employers don’t know how well students actually did in college. Did they ever? Can they ever?

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer