ERIC Number: ED161496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb-10
Reference Count: 0
Grading Policies of the Public Two-Year Community Colleges in Michigan, Fall 1977.
Breen, Edward; Dulaney-Sorochak, Jeanne
An examination of the grading policies at the 29 Michigan community colleges is presented. Six major classifications cover all grades given at the colleges: main grading system, pass-fail grades, withdrawal grades, incomplete grades, and audit options. The most common grade policy, used by 24 of the colleges, is the five grade system assigning both a letter and a number of honor or grade points to each grade. One college records only passing grades and does not assign any grade point value. Four colleges use variations of the honor point system which allow more distinctions within the range of excellent to failing, i.e., the decimal grade system (4.0, 3.5, 3.0, etc.) and the twelve point system (A+ 12, A 11, A- 10, etc.). Several schools, in addition to the grade point system, have a second system where the student receives simply a mark of pass or fail. Seventeen colleges distinguish between a withdrawal made while the student is passing and one made while the student is failing. At seven schools the student who withdraws while failing is penalized by having those credit hours calculated in the GPA as if the course were failed. All the colleges have an incomplete grade though they differ in the time allotted for resolution of the incomplete. All but six colleges mention a system whereby a student can audit a class. State legislation requiring the reporting of student credit hours is also discussed. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.