B students struggle in college

Illinois’ B students average a C+ at state universities and community colleges. Some graduates with similar GPAs do much better than others in their first year.

Massachusetts colleges and universities are trying to stem the high college dropout rate for graduates of Boston Public Schools.

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  1. Why is this a surprise? College is supposed to be more challenging than high school, even for those who did well in high school. If we can’t accept that higher education is more challenging, or that at some point in the educational process all students decide they’ve gone far enough and/or reached their ceiling, then what does education even mean?

  2. I agree with BB. Students who were at the top of their class in high school are now just average students in college since the bottom half of the distribution has been eliminated.

  3. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    Let us not forget that grading in a lot of public high schools is so lax, and extra credit so available, and the projects so juvenile, that oft times a student has to almost deliberately attempt to FAIL in order to get a B.

  4. I’m not sure about the college grading scale today, but it used to be a bell curve in many classes. The average grade was designed to be a B-/C+ in many of my engineering classes. In other classes, the teachers stuck to their own metric – I had the 4th highest grade in a differential equations class with a C+ at U of Illinois (Urbana).