British degrees are out of date, vice-chancellors admit

“The British degree classification system is out of date, vice-chancellors admitted today, calling for more complete records of students’ skills and achievements. In evidence to the Commons universities select committee, university heads also conceded that not all degrees were of equal value, but defended standards overall. Doubt over degree standards peaked last summer when Buckingham University’s Professor Geoffrey Alderman suggested that lecturers were under pressure to inflate marks and ignore plagiarism. Professor Les Ebdon, vice-chancellor of Bedfordshire University and chair of the Million+ group, said the degree classification system was outmoded …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 28 January]

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