Rick Perry has an interesting post on a Texas proposal to require that college transcripts show, along with the student's grade in each class, the average grade in the class.
I think this is an excellent idea -- simple and effective -- though I am not big on a state mandate on private institutions but this is totally reasonable for public institutions and would likely force private colleges to follow suit voluntarily.
To the extent that colleges squeal about this, it will be entirely hypocritical. Why? Because colleges will not seriously consider the grades on a high school transcript in their admission process without a guide from the school listing such things as average grades. Colleges demand exactly this type of benchmark for grades, without which a transcript would be almost meaningless. They should not balk at providing the same.