littlepuff wrote: radio1nowhere wrote:
I also have a question for you lovely people. I'm trying to do some H vs. S research, and I keep seeing in past TLS "H vs. S" threads that Stanford's no-grade policy is something to compare with Harvard's more competitive environment. Some quick google searches, however, seem to indicate that H and S use essentially the same grading system.
Harvard: Honors, Pass, Low Pass, Fail
Stanford: Honors, Pass, Restricted Credit, Fail
Where, then, is the difference in grades? Am I missing something? Has the system changed?
Stanford changed its grading system to the current one in the fall of 2008, a year before Harvard's reform. I can see at least one "H vs S" thread that was posted in the fall of 2008, at which point only Stanford had adopted the four-level grading system.
Also, to the best of my knowledge, almost no student at Stanford receives an RC, while some classes at Harvard do give out LPs to a small number of students. But I think Harvard is also moving toward giving increasingly fewer LPs.
But all in all, I think that the grading systems of the two schools have little difference.
(Edited to add some more comments)
to build on this a little:
recently had this talk with a stanford 2L, and he said, to his knowledge, no one has received an RC in a decade.
that may or may not be accurate, but it certainly gives insight into the difference.
the structures are almost identical, but they're implemented a little differently. since virtually no one receives the RC, there's even less differentiation among transcripts, and an even narrower curve.
to me, this is actually very significant. i'd be more than happy to continue the H/S conversation here, or over pm, as i'm pretty sure this is the choice i'll be making.