“Harvard’s standing has fallen, and I would blame the three evils of affirmative action, grade inflation, and political correctness”
Getting into Harvard doesn’t mean the same thing today as it did twenty years ago. Apparently, even members of the faculty know this.
Campus Reform reports:
POLL: Over 40% of Harvard profs say that school’s standing is worsening
Harvard University’s student newspaper discovered that over 40 percent of faculty members believe that the school’s standing is worsening.
The Crimson asked professors “how they believe the University’s standing within higher education has changed over the past decade.” Professors were largely pessimistic about the school’s status: 41 percent say it has fallen, 53 percent say it is unchanged, and a mere 6 percent say it has risen.
Over 70 percent of professors — 34 percent of whom “strongly” agreed — believe that grade inflation is a “prevalent” issue.
Harvard University — which, established in 1636, is the oldest university in the United States — has consistently topped rankings of national universities. Presently, it is listed only behind Princeton University in US News and World Report’s rankings.
Campus Reform reported in 2013 that the most common grade at Harvard was an “A-.” At the time, Harvey Mansfield — who has taught at Harvard since 1962 — said that the grade inflation “represents a failure on the part of this faculty and its leadership to maintain our academic standards.”
Mansfield told Campus Reform that he agrees with the recent poll’s results.
“Harvard’s standing has fallen, and I would blame the three evils of affirmative action, grade inflation, and political correctness,” he said. “Affirmative action makes everyone doubt that decisions of hiring and admissions are based on merit. Grade inflation makes everyone doubt that standards of excellence are being upheld. Political correctness breeds an atmosphere of suspicion and aggressive intolerance.”
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