Everyone Gets A Trophy

The vice-chancellor of Kingston University in London has unlocked the secret to minority students achieving better grades, and the solution is as ridiculous as you would expect.

The government has recently announced that it plans to improve how black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students perform at university, putting the spotlight back on an issue that has blighted the higher education sector for far too long.

The fact is, according to the latest figures, just 66% of BAME students achieved a first or 2:1 degree in 2016-17, compared to 79.6% of white students. This is an issue affecting all universities, and requires a deep understanding of the factors involved and a genuine commitment to addressing the gap. There is no quick fix.

But there is, you see, and it’s right in front of your faces.

Universities could be recognised and rewarded for their progress through metrics-based exercises such as the Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef), which evaluates universities on the basis of their teaching quality and student outcomes. As it stands, a university could be awarded Tef gold while having no black students attaining a first class degree. That clearly does not reflect teaching excellence for everyone. (H/TAOSHQ)

The author is suggesting universities be punished if black students receive lower grades. The author’s plan would effectively eliminate a diploma’s value, because certain students would receive good grades, with or without hard work.

8 thoughts on “Everyone Gets A Trophy

  1. One more step toward everyone being happy with mediocrity. Give me a break! Strive for something; achieve something; push yourself and extend your limits!


  2. Will this policy result in businesses refusing to hire minorities? If you have two candidates from the same school, with the same G.P.A., but one a minority and one not, which would you hire if you knew the school has this policy?


  3. You would think that it was the vice-chancellor of Kingston University in Jamaica instead of London. He’d must have been smoking some potent ganja to come up with that solution…………


  4. Ronni – They’d be better off buying a diploma online.

    TXNick – Not the minority, which is a shame, because the minority may be one who worked hard during college.

    Tam – I did positively average in college, and I had no one to blame but myself. I never asked for anything, and I never received it. It’s called The American Way.


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