The Solution to Grade Inflation?
Prof. Michael Berube of Penn State University proposes the best solution I've read for grade inflation -- degree of difficulty adjustments.
Incorporating ''degree of difficulty'' into students' G.P.A.'s would turn campuses upside down; it would eliminate faculty capriciousness precisely by factoring it in; and it would involve nothing more than using the numbers we already have at our disposal. It would be confusing as hell. But it would yield a world in which the average grade was never anything more or less than the middle of the scale.