Time to rethink traditional grading system

Colin Mulligan:

The main problem with a pass/fail system is its inability to distinguish one student from another. How would a graduate school differentiate the thousands of applicants if they all had the same grades? Well, perhaps these institutions should adapt more progressive acceptance policies as well. One education initiative created by the Harvard School of Education recommends that universities focus less on grades and more on students’ “concern for others and the common good.” Graduate institutions could still demarcate students by entrance exam scores, extracurricular activities, and social involvement without such heavy reliance on course grades.