The Quest and Pressure for a 4.0 GPA

Plenty of attention has been focused in recent years on the trend toward grade inflation, which has come about—depending on whom you ask—because of the increasing cost of higher education, the corresponding sense of higher stakes for students, or the phenomenon of the “student as customer” (the idea being, of course, that the customer is always right). But the quest for a 4.0 and the pressure to give and receive higher grades mirror a larger trend, both within and outside academia: that of near­-constant evaluation and review, most requiring inflated, hyperbolic rhetoric. In the letter­-of­-recommendation in particular, candor has been replaced by the need to shower generous praise on students, colleagues, candidates, strangers, and friends.


  • Format: Video
  • Length: 01:21:27
  • Release Date: February 4, 2016
  • Presenter: Julie Schumacher

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