pattymac wrote:Thats awesome, wish I could say the same. I had a prof tell us (keep in mind I go to one of the worst ranked Universities not in America) that he taught our course "at a Princeton level. So if you got an A here, you know you could get an A at Princeton!" Laughable.
This may not be so laughable. One of my UNLV (unranked UG) philosophy professors has a Michigan-Columbia-Yale pedigree. To assume that we're not getting the benefit of that (and in some sense being judged similarly) seems unreasonable. Now, whether all students who get an A in his class could do so with a rack of equally challenging classes by professors with ivy credentials is certainly debatable. An A seems reasonable, straight A's much more questionable.
For a lot of coursework effort is the major determiner of success. In differential equations, or creative writing natural talent is key, but in a lot of courses average reading, writing and analytical will more than suffice. At that point how much effort put forth is pretty much the key.
I'd assume that getting an A at a really awful college is much easier than at a ivy, but I wouldn't be so sure that getting one at decent public schools is all that much easier than the ivy.
GPA in my opinion is a measurement of how well you can identify what is necessary to succeed, and how well you can make it happen.
Even if a 3.3 at an Ivy could have had a 4.0 at the worst school in America if they did as much work, they still could have applied themselves more. This is especially true if the person has a high LSAT.