In a move students protested last year, Princeton became the first elite college to cap the number of A’s that can be awarded.
Previously, there was no official limit to the number of A’s handed out, and nearly half the grades in an average Princeton class have been A-pluses, A’s or A-minuses. Now, each department can give A’s to no more than 35 percent of its students each semester.
Princeton’s effort is being monitored closely by other hallowed halls, and some expect to see a ripple effect in coming years. —Geoff Mulvihill —Princeton Cracks Down on Grade Inflation (AP|MyWay)