The question I wonder about, though, is why it works that way. Allegedly, professors run universities -- deans and other administrators all have advanced degrees, after all, and proved themselves as academics before becoming administrators. So, shouldn't the bean-counters have to dance to our tune, rather than the other way around? Or is it just a matter of the historical antecedents -- i.e., prior schooling -- having a heavy reliance on grades as markers of success, and this carrying over into university? Or some combination thereof?
I should point out that this year, in three seperate classes, I've had about six students complain about getting B's (70-79%).