We’re nearing the time of the semester where those group projects that are a significant portion of your grade are due.

When they work, group projects can be valuable, allowing you to learn how to work together with others toward a common goal, something incredibly important when someone leaves college and enters a career.

Unfortunately, a group where each member does an equal amount of work is hard to find. More often than not, it seems like an individual person is given the brunt of the work. Considering that everyone in a group tends to get the same grade, this is hardly fair. While some professors offer students a way to evaluate their peers, not all do.

Professors should develop project guidelines that allow for equal work. A good or bad grade shouldn’t rest on the shoulders of a single student.