this is an iffy one isn’t it?..
on one hand it’s great, because it:
a) helps keep unis aloft financially, which can be poured back into r&d and resources for the students, better teachers/lecturers, nicer looking facilities
b) gives students who struggle a bit a chance to get a decent degree
but on the other hand it:
a) degrades and downplays the hard work and dedication of students who are putting real effort in and who deserve the higher grades and therefore brings the overall standard of education down to a lower level than it would otherwise be
b) somewhat demeans university reputations abroad as far as respect from potential employers at studios goes, and investors as well
It’s not pretty, but it’s life, and I’m 100% positive it’s happening ALL over the country, and probably elsewhere too.
It happens at schools in the UK too (by schools I mean secondary schools) absolutely. I frequently got lower grades than I thought I deserved, simply because the national average was so low in my subjects (art being the main one), which meant students who were borderline B/A got A’s and thus making it harder to actually get the A in the 1st place (if you see what I mean!)
Again, it’s an iffy one, but who can blaim them. Eduction in the UK is pretty much 80% economy. Look at the league tables of secondary schools for proof of that.
It stinks, but it’s life.