>Principal's Letter addressing University of Waterloo's Grade Deflation
Sept 15, 2018
This letter is in response to the secret list recently published by Waterloo University regarding the inflation of the marks of many high schools. The statics behind the list are flawed and its authenticity is questionable. To draw inferences about the whole school’s grading gaps with small size sample of students is undoubtedly unscientific, unfair and unprofessional.
We assure you, with absolute confidence, about our school quality with the efficient work of our experienced and qualified staff. They not only instruct but inspire excellent study habits and passion for learning for the future interpersonal adjustment and academic success of our students. We offer solid, authentic education preparation according to the curriculum expectations and multiple means of assessment to make our students are ready for all reputed universities and challenging programs.
It is a well known fact that the first year of university can be a daunting experience and a big adjustment even for the domestic students, but it is even higher for the international students. The reason for grade gaps and discrepancies in marks is usually influenced by number of non-academic factors which are both broad and complex. Even though students are well prepared, there is no one simple explanation for the grade gaps during the first year of university. Many factors such as change of direction, the late realization of where a student’s true interests lie, unsuitability of the course and many complex and interrelated reasons. Some reasons are more acceptable to the students than other (it may be easier to say that the course is unsuitable than to accept the homesickness).
Our commitment at Great Lakes College of Toronto is to provide a safe, caring and intellectually challenging environment to empower our students to become learned, independent and responsible citizens. We will continue the authentic work to allow our students to experience success not only here but to their future endeavours and all throughout their lives.
It is our utmost pleasure to serve our students to the best of our capacity and knowledge. We anticipate a very successful future for each of our student while we continue working together as a team to improve student achievement.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/ suggestions/ concerns.
The Great Lakes College of Toronto.