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Grade deflation policy to be reviewed

stemitstemit Registered User Posts: 575 Member
edited December 2013 in Princeton University
After a decade of ignoring the obvious disadvantages conferred on its students, despite a self-serving study which cherry picked facts and was so poorly designed that any student submitting it would not receive an "A" and which employed result oriented reasoning, the new administration appears to be taking the first steps to really evaluate the grade deflation policy.

Princeton announces committee to review controversial grade deflation policy - The Daily Princetonian

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Replies to: Grade deflation policy to be reviewed

  • sahp2kidssahp2kids Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    Interesting turn of events.

    The cynic in me thinks this announcement is timed for the admissions cycle in order to generate the application numbers that other top schools have achieved. If you look closely at the Princeton application numbers relative to all other Ivy League members, (with the exception of Dartmouth possibly because of negative publicity driven decreases) the application numbers have yet to hit the level of the others. In addition, schools such as MIT, Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, UChicago, and Northwestern have also seen sizeable growth in their applicant pools. If you look at the application tally table published in the NY Times The Choice Blog for the past cycle, Princeton numbers were flat or had a tiny decrease. The magnitude of the difference in application numbers among the schools was substantial even taking into account the varied sizes of the student bodies.
  • stemitstemit Registered User Posts: 575 Member
    Adding to that is the feeling that Princeton is losing the cross-admit battles with YHS and the feeling that grade deflation is responsible.
  • PrincetonHappyPrincetonHappy Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    The average GPA of a student accepted into Harvard or Yale's medical school is 3.87. I doubt either of these top programs want to Change course and tout their average GPA is now lower than the others ....Because they decided to accept except more Princeton kids. That would not make for good press. Its that simple.

    Many brilliant kids I know who are premed Opted not to attend Princeton 100% due to its harmful grade deflation.

    With Equally brilliant and hard-working kids at all three schools, the approximate average GPA out of Princeton at 3.2 versus a 3.6 at Harvard or Yale Is Nothing but Harmful to Princeton students. In the long run for graduate school and careers, in the short run for internships and promoting a nastier competitive environment amongst the students during their four years at Princeton.

    It's time for Princeton to quickly move away from this policy and come in line with their peers. Forget saving face and just do the right thing ASAP. Everybody already knows it was the wrong thing And no peers followed suit

    Ptons admissions success to the top preferred medical schools in this country has been harmed, And cherry picking data that says overall medical school admissions rates are still relatively comparable Ignores the factor Of to which caliber medical schools and whether or not they are the candidates first choice
  • sahp2kidssahp2kids Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    As suspected in my earlier post:

    With 6948 early apps at Stanford compared with Y at 4768, H at 4692, and P at 3831 the numbers make it clear what the preference is for restrictive early action applicants.

    The applicants are telling the administration loud and clear with the numbers...the question is how quickly do they turnaround the ship?
  • PrincetonHappyPrincetonHappy Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    With Pton's #1 rank, stunning campus, strongest STEM of the big 3, etc etc its grade deflation hurting not just yield but apps.
    Wake up!

    What bright HPY kid wants to work their butt off for a 93.5 in Spanish to be told it' s a B? Or work hard to master a math class with clear nonsubjective tests with results that say it's clear u mastered all the material very very well.,, and get a B.

    yeah thats helping my ability to compete for internships, jobs, grad/med school with MY PEERS at H & Y. Not
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