In response to a recent Inside Higher Ed article about American students\’ expectation of receiving high grades for sub-par work, some for-profit universities see an opportunity to provide a higher level of customer service than their non-profit competitors.
“We have designed a graduated tuition structure,” explained Dr. Robby Leach, president of Colton College, a new for-profit institution in Kennebunkport, Maine. “American students who are genuinely committed to earning grades of A will pay more. We anticipate that we will be the first university in the country to produce domestic students who can compete with the high GPAs of international undergraduates in the employment marketplace.”
Some critics have raised questions about the ethics of such a grading structure.
“Rich white students get better SAT scores,” explained President Leach explained . “So we already know they\’re smarter and more deserving of high grades than other students. Our system seeks out those high-caliber students more intentionally than our less forward-thinking competitors.\”
Rich white parents agree. “We\’re excited for our son,” said Buffy Bushstein, mother of a current high school senior. “Jeffrey can play lacrosse, like he wanted, without having to worry about anal retentive professors who aren\’t willing to grant extensions on assignments or negotiate poor exam grades.”
“Colton College understands that there\’s more to grades than just academic performance,” echos President Leach. “Some students have already proven they deserve high grades. We just want to honor that entitlement.”