Dean of the Princeton College Nancy Malkiel proudly announced yesterday that grades at Princeton are going… down. Yes down. Why down? Because Princeton was suffering from grade inflation.
Before instituting a new grading policy in April 2004, A’s accounted for a whopping 46% of grades earned at Princeton. For the last academic year, the percentage was down to 40.9%, still well above the 35% target percentage but also much lower than the previous year’s rate. I guess Princeton’s faculty should keep up the good work!