...young adults are rational decision-makers and understand that their GPA can either be a gateway or a padlock to future employment. When students invest so much time studying for a program they eventually feel is trying to weed them out, many will transfer to an easier major solely to prop up their flagging GPA. Its not that these students are lazy or unmotivated; they see diminished returns for increased efforts and are demoralized. By not adjusting their grading policies, STEM programs ultimately hurt themselves as well the future of the American economy. The tragedy is that thousands of otherwise-qualified and talented students will continue to bail out of these programs because the GPA remains the bottom line for many jobs after graduation. It is time for a public discussion on whether STEM programs have been too frugal in doling out good grades for Herculean workloads.