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ERIC Number: ED031155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 24
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Registration Patterns Under Two Different Grading Systems.
Remley, Audrey W.
In the early 1960's, Westminster College adopted a new grading system, with the traditional grade levels of A, B, C, D, and F converted to DN (Distinction), HP (High Pass), P (Pass), and NC (No Credit). NC replaced both D and F of the old system, and grade point averages were abolished, in an effort to encourage students to register in more difficult courses. This study, conducted 4 years after the new grading system was put into effect, sought to determine the number of hours taken and passed, and the number of easy, moderate, and hard courses taken and passed by students under each system. Participating students were the Classes of 1965 (under old grading system), 1967 (4 semesters under each system), and 1969 (under new grading system). With each succeeding class, students attempted more hours per semester, but passed fewer courses under the new system. If the D grades under the old system were not included this result could have been different, since NC includes the traditional D but is not entered into the students' records. The general pattern was that students registered in fewer easy and difficult courses, but took and passed a larger number of moderate courses. This trend would seem to represent changed student perceptions of courses over the years and not a change in registration patterns or a direct influence of the grading systems. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Westminster Coll., Fulton, MO.