Britain Experiments With GPA, but Critics Say It Won’t Be a Cure-All

6020-Britain GPA

Colin Brooks

Robert Burgess, vice chancellor of the U. of Leicester, is overseeing a test run using grade-point averages at British universities.

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Colin Brooks

Robert Burgess, vice chancellor of the U. of Leicester, is overseeing a test run using grade-point averages at British universities.

Britain’s grading system is broken.

Or at least, that’s what critics are saying about the 200-year-old tradition of classifying undergraduate degrees into five categories, from first class to fail.

In an attempt to improve the system, 21 universities started to experiment in November with an American-style grade-point average in hopes that it will be a better evaluation of students' efforts and help solve grade inflation and other problems.

But not everyone