Age-bias suit cites grade inflation

Ignoring grade inflation in law school admissions constitutes age bias, claims Michael Kamps in a lawsuit against Baylor’s law school.

 In the age discrimination suit, he claims that the 3.2 G.P.A. he earned in 1979 from Texas A&M University is equivalent to a 3.6 G.P.A. today because of grade inflation . . .

Kamps, a certified public accountant, first applied for the law school’s fall 2010 entering class and for a full-tuition scholarship for Texas A&M graduates. He was the only applicant to qualify  that year based on grades and test scores, but Baylor changed the formula to require a minimum 3.4 GPA.

In April, Baylor “accidentally sent each member of the fall 2012 admitted class a spreadsheet with each student’s G.P.A. and LSAT score,” reports Inside Higher Ed.

By looking through the leaked credentials, which he found available on the Internet, Kamps found that his LSAT score was better than those of about 97 percent of admitted students, while his G.P.A. was superior only to about 20 percent. But his Baylor Index score — a now-discarded evaluation method, according to the complaint — was superior to about 68 percent of the fall 2012 admits.

Kamps argues in the complaint that by looking at class rankings or taking into account a grade inflation factor — which a national study by Stuart Rojstaczer found to be about 0.14 points per decade — his G.P.A. is equivalent to a 3.6 G.P.A. today.

Baylor has offered Kamps a spring or summer start time, but he wants to start in the fall, when he believes he’d have a better shot at a scholarship.