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Class of 2068: 4,000 Valedictorians
We’ve already written at some length about how the number of valedictorians is increasing each year: the last sub-4.0 GPA valedictorian was in 2003; this past Commencement saw five valedictorians with perfect GPA’s.
However if you look at the astoundingly tight regression line on a chart that was given to the faculty as part of a discussion about grade inflation, it appears that 55 years from now the average grade at the College will be an A. Therefore, all students will be tied with the best grades in the class.
Now that’s equal opportunity. Everyone can be a valedictorian.
Addendum: Here’s an example of a time when an A really meant something: the History 35 (“Colonial America”) class that Phil Hanlon ‘77 took with Professor Jere Daniell ‘55 in the fall of 1975. Look closely: out of 42 students, only three received an A grade (including Phil!), five earned A-, and a total of fourteen students were given a C+/C/C-.
Professor Daniell was a tough grader. His average grade in History 35 was just below a B (2.85 to be precise). Two years later, he only gave Phil a B in History 36, in which Phil wrote an independent research project on Gouverneur Morris, the “Penman of the Constitution,” who gave his name to Hanlon’s hometown of Gouverneur in upstate New York.
I’ll bet that nobody’s parents called the Dean to complain about the unfairness of their child’s grade in either course.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…