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That smarts! A's, B's at Princeton too easy, survey says

It's getting crowded at the head of the class.

Faculty at Princeton University say too many of its students are getting A's and B's, cheapening the value of their degrees and making it harder for graduate schools and would-be employers to evaluate alumni.A faculty survey distributed this week said 83 percent of the grades were between B-minus and A between 1992 and 1997. Between 1973 and 1977, it was 69 percent.

The incidence of C's and D's, meanwhile, dropped during the same period, from 17 percent to 10 percent, according to the study of grading patterns over the past 24 years.

The changes aren't because students are getting smarter, the study said, though the SAT scores of incoming freshmen are on the rise.

Instead, students are getting more lenient professors and they are badgering some into changing grades they feel are too low, according to the 10-page study distributed to faculty members and others Tuesday.

Officials at other universities are rethinking their grading practices because of escalating grade point averages.