ERIC Number: ED051750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Three Semester Study of the Credit - No Credit Option in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Merryman, Mary F.; Kerwin, Leo
This report presents the findings of a study based upon the three successive semesters that a credit-no credit option was introduced in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The purpose of the option was: (1) to encourage students to attempt courses they otherwise might not attempt; and (2) to reduce some of the competitiveness for grades. Of the 254 students who selected the option, 75 percent received credit; it appeared that students had a better chance of receiving credit if they were more advanced in class ranking. Generally, students who elected a course on the credit-no credit basis were better than average students. Results of a questionnaire sent to students participating in the option indicated that students used the option primarily to reduce pressure for a grade, but also (about 40 percent) to explore outside their area of interest. Most students said they did as much work in the credit-no credit course as in a regularly graded course, though they agreed the option did remove some of the pressure for a grade. Almost all students were very satisfied with the option. A copy of the guidelines for use of the option is appended to this report. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Kansas City.
Identifiers: University of Missouri Kansas City