Princeton Dean Nancy Malkiel has proposed that the faculty begin awarding no more than 35% of its students As in undergraduate courses and no more than 55% of its students As in independent study courses. Currently, 46% of Princeton students earn As in their undergraduate courses.
These new proposed standards will roll back average student GPAs to where they were from 1987 to 1992. Malkiel also noted that a student with a straight C average was ranked second to bottom in the graduating class.
I know Harvard has a similar situation with high grades, but at the same time one must wonder if the high grades are not due to the caliber of the students. I hope that they have compared the grades to performance on national standardized tests to see if the students are just all doing that well or if the grades are inflated before they penalize anyone.