Harvard professor raises concerns about grade inflation

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A longtime government professor at Harvard on Tuesday lashed out at what he deemed a system of rampant grade inflation after learning that students are receiving mainly A’s at the college.

“It’s really indefensible,” said Harvey Mansfield, a professor for more than five decades, in a telephone interview. He said he was informed of the grading situation earlier in the day at a faculty meeting.

“I thought the most prevalent grade was an A-minus, which is bad enough,” Mansfield said. “When I asked the question [about the most frequently given grade], it was worse.”

Harvard’s dean of undergraduate education informed Mansfield at the meeting that the most frequent grade is an A, citing data from fall 2012 and several prior semesters, the Harvard Crimson reported.

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