Gambling on Grades?

A new website called Ultrinsic is letting students bet on the grades they will earn in college. According to the website:

  • “Ultrinsic is a web-based college platform that provides incentives to students for academic achievement. Ultrinsic exclusively dedicates itself to motivating students to improve their grades…Ultrinsic incentives are beneficial because they motivate students to succeed in school.  Notwithstanding if the student won the incentive or not, if the student tried harder and improved their academic standings even slightly, the experience was well worth it.”

Hmmmm……Not sure what to think about this. I am all for motivating students, but I am not sure that this is the correct way. Right now, the site is available at 36 campuses. It will be interesting to see what happens with the site.


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