ERIC Number: ED036263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
Grading The Graduate Student: A Student Perspective.
Dissatisfaction with traditional grading practices has been increasing steadily during the past few years. Although alternative methods have been used by many institutions, there will be no commonly accepted system until some agreement has been reached on the goals of graduate level instruction and grading. There is no evidence to indicate that undergraduate grades are predictive of graduate performance. Success at the graduate level may be dependent on a different pattern of abilities and proficiencies. Given the attrition rate, the problem of graduate admissions is badly resolved by reliance on grades. The relationship between professor and student strongly affects grades. Too few professors take, or have the time, to consult extensively with their students, thereby depriving graduate students of much needed advice and sometimes of a fair assessment. Another area of concern involves the relationship between grading and the nature of the discipline. An answer may be found in a mixed grading system that takes into account the nature of knowledge in the various areas of the college curriculum, the means of appraisal available to instructors in these areas, and the different purposes to be served by appraising and reporting students' progress. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington D.C., Dec 4-6, 1969