UC Berkeley may combat grade inflation through new system

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Students can order transcripts at Cal Student Central. UC Berkeley is considering a proposal to add contextual information to transcripts.

UC Berkeley may change its transcripts to better contextualize student’s grades in an effort to combat grade inflation at other universities across the nation. If enacted, the policy would add information such as a student’s percentile rank and average course grade to students’ transcripts.
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Deflating academic inequity

CAMPUS ISSUES: Contextual grading at UC Berkeley could be beneficial for many students, but only if the system takes a nuanced approach.

If implemented appropriately, contextualized grades may prove to be a major benefit to UC Berkeley students. Across the country, rampant grade inflation has cheapened the value of high letter grades, and while the campus has generally followed this trend, the average grade awarded to Berkeley students has been noticeably lower
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