Graduating with academic honors is no big deal

At prestigious schools, such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins, more students graduate with academic honors than those who don’t, states a recently published Wall Street Journal article.

The article also specifies that at other top schools, like Lehigh University, Princeton University and the University of Southern California, nearly half of the students who graduated this year did so with some kind of honors distinction, raising some questions about whether cum laude and similar distinctions awarded to students are watered down, and if new eligibility criteria should be considered.

One former professor noted that while a 4.0 GPA still has weight, a 3.7 GPA student is now considered “run-of-the-mill.”

“A 4.0 does signal something significant, that that student is good,” said Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke University professor who has studied grade inflation for years. “A 3.7, however, doesn’t. That’s just a run-of-the-mill student at any of these schools.”

For more on this story, read the WSJ article here (story may be behind a paywall).

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