43% of college grades are A’s

Forty-three percent of grades are A’s at a wide range of colleges, concludes a study published in Teachers College Record. That’s up 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 1988. Less than 10 percent of grades are D’s and F’s.

Grades are highest at private colleges, liberal arts colleges and selective and very selective institutions. Grades are lower at science and engineering schools and less selective institutions.

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  1. In other words, grades aren’t a measure of anything anymore.

  2. supersub says:

    Well, at non technical schools…pretty much confirming that liberal arts degrees are a dime a dozen.

  3. That’s because if you don’t get As, you drop out. If you are getting Cs and Ds, you definitely drop out.

  4. 43% is low at my little college and in my Division. Last year, the distribution was 60% As in all courses.

  5. Jeff Keller says:

    And they wonder why US companies go overseas for workers.