Articles documenting reduced rigor and grade inflation at colleges across the country appear frequently in the media. Examples of reduced rigor include reports that a majority of college students spend 15 or fewer hours per week outside the classroom engaged in academic activities, passing rates are low for graduates required to take certain certification and licensing tests, and business personnel find that many college graduates do not have the expected and appropriate levels of knowledge and skills. Examples of grade inflation include reports that the average GPA of the student bodies at many colleges is in the B+ or higher range, some colleges have raised the requirements for the dean's list and graduation with honors because of the large percentage of students who have been qualifying for these distinctions, and many business personnel discount or ignore theGPA's of college graduates.



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