This week the Stanford University Law School
announced that it would drop the traditional letter grade system
, joining the University of California at Berkeley and Yale, two schools which long ago switched to a 4 tiered grading system. The new system will classify students into honors, passing, restricted credit and failing levels. Following the example of its forerunners, Stanford also plans on imposing a strict quota system on professors to protect against grade inflation and reward exceptional students.
The school considered a number of factors before making the switch. Stanford specifically hopes that the move will prevent students from shopping for classes based on professors' grading habits.