Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A's the most common college grade?

No telling how many A's among summer 2011 graduates of Stephen F. Austin State University (Associated Press photo).
No telling how many A's among summer 2011 graduates of Stephen F. Austin State University (Associated Press photo).

In an opinion column published by the Austin American-Statesman, Thomas K. Lindsay of the Texas Public Policy Foundation declared that American college students study less than they once did.

We didn’t delve into that.

At a reader’s nudge, though, we poked behind Lindsay’s next statement: "Approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A’s, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960."

That’s right, according to a study whose authors took our follow-up questions.

Broadly, grade inflation took root in the Vietnam war era, though A’s came harder to earn for a spell in the late 1970s and early 1980s before renewed easing. Texas institutions figuring into this national analysis include Texas A&M University and Texas State University.

The full item is posted to the right.

This will not be on the final.