Letters to the Editor: Ire Over Business of Education and Inflated Grades

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The grade inflation at most of these Ivy League schools hurts the students by not challenging them to work as hard as they should ("The Education Business," Feb. 1).

This definitely hurts those UC Berkeley students who have to compete against them for graduate studies.

I don't see this kind of system changing, however, despite many Ivy League schools' claim to change their policies around grade inflation. I mean, if you were paying $20,000 to $30,000 a year for tuition,

wouldn't you rather have a professor who understands the competitive admissions system for graduate school than a hardass who will give you exactly what you deserve, but put your chances of higher education in jeopardy?

Andrew Nguyen

UC Berkeley student

We cannot treat students as customers who supposedly can make rational choices about their schooling ("The Education Business," Feb. 1). The problem is the education business is a seller's market and our high demand for these 'services' is going to drive up the price without improving the quality. The inflated grade policy of the Ivy's is screwing up any kind of valuation you can possibly make on job candidates. Who wants a UC Berkeley graduate with a 3.5 GPA when you can have an Ivy/Stanford graduate with a 3.8?

No one knows what their college education is worth. Some feel obligated to get top jobs simply because they came from a 'good' school with an inflated GPA. And all of us poor saps, we still keep paying to go so we won't miss out. Hey, everyone else is doing it.

Willy Le

UC Berkeley alumnus

ASUC Elections

Concerning Friday's article regarding the upcoming ASUC elections ("ASUC Senate Debates Its Nomination Procedures," Feb. 1), it is necessary to point out that last year's elections problems and pitfalls were a result of the candidates and parties involved, not a result of the work of the ASUC elections council.

Dirty campaign tactics, party schemes and dishonesty marred last year's elections, not the procedure of the elections chair and his commission. To put scrutiny and the burden of last year's fiasco on this year's elections chair, Faisal Ghori, is both unfair and unnecessary, for he is well on his way to holding a fully functional and honest 2002 ASUC election.

Sajid Khan

ASUC senator


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