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Slowly but surely

Students can take one big, collective sigh of relief. The initial storm of the grade inflation debate has passed and it appears that the University will not, after all, rush headfirst into a sweeping inditement of its current grading system. The imperative now is to move ahead gradually, consider any grading amendments with a great deal of scrutiny and involve representatives from all members of the University community in any decision.

As individual academic departments confront the question of grade inflation, they should keep in mind the importance of student input. Be it through student advisory councils or a random sampling of their undergraduates, departments need to pay particular attention to those who will be most affected by the eventual modifications. Following the lead of the Wilson School, that has included its students in the debate, the other departments should ensure that all voices and all opinions are heard.

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During midterms many professors joked about combatting grade inflation singlehandedly. While debates continue within departments and on an administrative level, individual professors must remember that no concrete changes to the University's grading policy have been implemented. A professor may have the temptation to commence adjustments to his or her personal grading policy, but any attempts to do so would defeat the purpose of the discussions that are currently transpiring.

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