Britain Experiments With GPA, but Critics Say It Won’t Be a Cure-All

Colin Brooks

Robert Burgess, vice chancellor of the U. of Leicester, is overseeing a test run using grade-point averages at British universities.
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Britain’s grading system is broken.

Or at least, that’s what critics are saying about the 200-year-old tradition of classifying undergraduate degrees into five categories, from first class to fail.

In an attempt to improve the system, 21...

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