Princeton University Reverses Controversial Policy

After several years of experimentation, Princeton University announced a plan to remove a generally-disliked policy and revert to the original system.  As President Shirley Tilghman explains in an article on Princeton’s website, in adopting the policy, “we [had] hoped other colleges and universities would do the same and they haven’t.”

Tilghman went on to explain that the policy was, in some ways, keeping Princeton from competing with other universities, and the repeal of the system was expected to increase interest in high school students looking to apply to Princeton.

While many were surprised by the move, perhaps the most shocking thing about the announcement was that IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH GRADE DEFLATION.

-TDM ‘14

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