“A” is the most common grade for college students, reports Grade Inflation. Overall, 42 percent of grades are A’s. At private colleges, A grades are close to being the majority.
“Professors today commonly make no distinctions between mediocre and excellent student performance and are doing so from Harvard to CSU-San Bernardino,” writes Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke professor.
Grade inflation is rising everywhere, except at community colleges, where it seems to have leveled off.
Princeton and Wellesley faculty have debated ways to limit grade inflation, reports Inside Higher Ed. But grade-point averages have been rising steadily for 30 years, the survey finds. At four-year colleges and universities, A’s are three times more common than in 1960.