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Type-A-Plus Students Chafe At Grade Deflation

Publication Date: 
January 31, 2010
The New York Times
Lisa W. Foderaro

Faye Deal, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, is quoted in the New York Times on reviewing Princeton law school applicants in light of the university's grade deflation policy:

When Princeton University set out six years ago to corral galloping grade inflation by putting a lid on A’s, many in academia lauded it for taking a stand on a national problem and predicted that others would follow.

But the idea never took hold beyond Princeton’s walls, and so its bold vision is now running into fierce resistance from the school’s Type-A-plus student body.


Faye Deal, the associate dean for admissions and financial aid at Stanford Law School, said she had read Princeton’s literature on the policy and continued “to view Princeton candidates in the same fashion — strong applicants with excellent preparation.”