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ERIC Number: ED014788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 25
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THE PASS-FAIL SYSTEM AND THE CHANGE IN THE ACCOUNTING OF GRADES ON COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS AT KNOX COLLEGE.
MELVILLE, GEORGE L.; STAMM, ELEANOR
DATA ON ENROLLMENT AND PERFORMANCE IN COURSES TAKEN ON A PASS-FAIL BASIS WERE ANALYZED TO ASSESS THE EFFORT OF CHANGES IN GRADE ACCOUNTING ON COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS. FINDINGS INDICATED THAT (1) ENROLLMENT IN PASS-FAIL COURSES FOR 1966-67 INCREASED 55.5 PERCENT OVER 1965-66, (2) A STUDENT'S GRADE INDEX WAS LIKELY TO INCREASE DIRECTLY WITH THE NUMBER OF PASS-FAIL COURSES TAKEN, (3) PASS-FAIL ENROLLMENT DID NOT ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO ENROLL IN RIGOROUS COURSES, (4) THE PASS-FAIL SYSTEM LOWERED MEAN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, AND (5) STUDENTS TENDED TO ENROLL IN GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES FOR PASS-FAIL CREDIT. ELIMINATION OF GRADES FOR SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS SKEWED THE DISTRIBUTION OF 1967 COMPREHENSIVE GRADES POSITIVELY AND CONTRIBUTED DIRECTLY TO BOTH MEAN REDUCTION IN GRADE INDICES AND VARIATION IN COMPREHENSIVE SCORES AMONG THE GRADUATING CLASS. THE AUTHOR RECOMMENDS THAT PASS-FAIL COURSES BE LIMITED TO FOUR PER STUDENT AND THAT PASS-FAIL GRADES SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES. (JN)
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Authoring Institution: Knox Coll., Galesburg, IL.
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