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Princeton’s plan to raise the bar

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An organization that rewards people lavishly for mediocre work might have a happy work force ... but probably an unexceptional one, too.

Consider: Princeton University recently told professors to award “A” grades to no more than 35 percent of students in any class: an effective rollback from the 44 percent to 55 percent they’d grown accustomed to.

Result: Princeton students report that they’re now working much harder to stay at the top of their classes.

— Adapted from “Princeton Cracks Down on Grade Inflation,” Associated Press.

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