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The End of Grade-Bloat in Palo Alto

Since 1970, Stanford University -- one of the nation's most prestigious -- has been peppering its student transcripts with As and Bs (93% of all grades awarded) and letting scholars bail out of uncongenial courses up to the very day of final exams with no questions asked. But last week the school turned its back on slacker-friendly grading and reinstated a failing NP (Not Passed) grade for 1995-96. How do other schools measure up?

ARIZONA STATE

DEADLINE FOR DROPPING A COURSE WITHOUT PENALTY

two weeks before the end of term

FAILING GRADE

yes

PERCENTAGE OF AS AND BS

56.2%

BRIGHAM YOUNG

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