Grade Inflation

According to the NY Times (2/9/14) 42% of Princeton’s students receive an “A”.  62% of Yale’s students receive an “A” and 50% of Harvard’s students receive an “A”.

Princeton is re-examining the policy because 10 years ago they adopted a policy that less than 35% of grades should be “A”.  At Harvard, the dean of undergraduate education made news by telling the faculty that the median grade was “A-” and the most frequently award grade is an “A”.

The question is whether these students truly deserve the grades they are receiving or do professors give these grades because of the high cost of these Ivy League schools?