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Over the recent holiday break, a discussion about "weed-out" courses was hashed out by fellow bloggers Chemjobber, "Just Like Cooking" and Thoreau. So while I may be late to the party, as long as there are incoming freshmen, there will always be "weed-out"...
Over at Chemjobber, there's an interesting discussion around "gatekeeping" - intentionally using introductory science courses as weed-outs to restrict access to higher-level material - and whether anyone actually does this in practice. Although I don't...