ERIC Number: ED037174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan-26
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The Grading System at UCSC-- A Critique.
California Univ., Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz campus of the University of California has been using pass-fail grading coupled with written evaluations of the student's performance since it opened in 1965. The only exceptions to the pass-fail system are in nonintroductory undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics in which students may select the letter grade option. The rationale is that the admissions policies of some graduate and professional schools discriminate against the student with no letter grades. The pass-fail system has been considered a success. It tends to base the educational experience more naturally on the subject matter and the needs of the student, rather than distort learning through over emphasis on the instructor as evaluator and on the competitive letter grade he will award. It also bases the record of academic performance on the written evaluation of each instructor instead of on a single pseudo-quantitative letter. Two negative aspects of the pass-fail system are that there has been a steady increase in the number of courses that are so large that no evaluation is written, and that some graduate and professional schools have expressed difficulty in evaluating a Santa Cruz transcript. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Cruz.
Identifiers: University of California Santa Cruz