Do degree grades need a rethink?
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Degree classifications are being held under scrutiny as new research shows that as many as three quarters of graduate employers may be snubbing those who recieve a 2:2. University figureheads are now calling for various reforms in a bid to keep the graduate market afloat. Calls, lead by University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor and sociologist Professor Robert Burgess, have been made to alter the grading system in higher education. The proposals will be heard in the wake of new research suggesting that as many as 76% of employers are turned off by a sub 2:1 degree classification, even before interview. In 2007, an independent study spearheaded by Burgess suggested a performance summary, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which could supplement a CV with precise modular marks and extracurricular activities “to match applicant's skills with the job for which they are applying." While Burgess’ ideas are fair in principle, they only go some way towards addressing the issue.
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