Whoa whoa whoa whats all this stuff about the curve? Were we mislead at the admitted students day?

One of the professors explained that the curve is structured so the top 20% get As, next 40% get Bs, and the bottom 40% get Cs with no mandatory Ds. I understood this to mean that 60% of students in a class scored over a C.

Now Im hearing that 50%+ of students get a C of some sort?

This kind of perturbs me.

I think gumby's figures are a little off.

I've heard different things about whether we have a B curve or a B-curve, but the professor has a lot of liberty w/grading as long as it averages out to the target number. Some teachers grade to the top of the curve, which would be somewhere around the figures you have credo. HOWEVER, some teachers are less generous with As.

There are probably just a handful, if any, sub-C grades in any section of 80 students. A student can't even graduate from hastings w/out a > 2.0 GPA. I think it's 2.2 or somewhere in that range.