See, stuff like this is why I think sending your kids to Harvard is silly.
“At a closed meeting, the faculty voted in favor of two sweeping changes. First, Harvard will switch from an idiosyncratic 15-point grading scale to the more conventional scale in which a 4.0 is an A and a zero is an F. The change will narrow the difference between an A-minus and a B-plus, which the faculty hopes will make a B more palatable. Second, Harvard will limit the number of students allowed to graduate with honors to 60 percent of a class. Nearly 90 percent of the students in Harvard’s class of 2001 graduated with some form of honors.”
Later in the story … “But in a 10-page report recommending the changes, Ms. Pedersen and two other deans openly agonized that the changes could backfire. In putting a cap on the number of students permitted to earn honors, they fretted, they might discourage students from taking intellectual risks like writing a senior thesis or taking a challenging course.”
Come on … if you’re in college to learn, you’re going to take a good, hard class regardless. If you’re in college for a piece of paper, it’ll be evident to your employer no matter whether or not your pretty piece of sheepskin has cum laude on it or not.