Professors remain hesitant to deflate
When a faculty committee issued a report in February detailing rampant grade inflation, the findings received national attention and had more than a few undergraduates fearing that the time when As and Bs flowed like wine was about to end.Nearly two months and dozens of departmental meetings later, it is looking increasingly unlikely that an across-the-boards rollback in grades will be happening any time soon.Although some professors seized upon the report as an opportunity to toughen standards, there are others who have expressed reluctance to take strong action to combat the trend."People say, 'Why should we punish our students?' or 'Why should we be the first to move?' " Wilson School Dean Michael Rothschild said, explaining why departments are generally not advocating immediate action.Rothschild said the school has held several meetings in recent weeks involving both faculty and students, but the conversations have not resulted in any kind of consensus as to what, if anything, should be done.He added that the school did send a letter to Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel explaining that it would be extremely difficult for the Wilson School to adjust grading standards this year, or even next year.To deflate or not to deflate?The Classics Department has reached a decision to take action about grade inflation, said chair Josiah Ober.