Very interesting discussion! Great question Mark!
I was attending a meeting of engineering faculty, not at my own University, but rather at my alma mater on invitation from the Dean. More than one of them complained about the bivariate distribution of the students (engineering-speak for two types of students forming a double-hump bell curve of grades). In particular, the complaint was that the lower grades group waltzes into class and says "stop everything and catch me up."
I sense this may be an underlying influencer in some of the comments, and although I realize it's only a part of the… >>>