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ERIC Number: ED036262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
Pages: 7
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Graduate Grading Systems.
Benson, Winston W.
A questionnaire on grading systems was sent to the 287 members of the Council of Graduate Schools. Of the 240 responses, 127 indicated that they used systems other than the A-F traditional system, either in part or in toto. Other systems used include pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, pass/no credit, and some variations of the A-F traditional system. Responses indicated that use of the less traditional system increased markedly in the last 5 years, and varied widely. In some universities, the use of a certain system was determined by institutional policy; in others, by departmental, student, or faculty option. The greatest use of less traditional methods was in theses and dissertations, followed by independent research, seminars and electives. Only 24 schools permitted nontraditional grading in standard lecture courses. Leading advantages cited for utilizing less traditional methods included the belief that they were more realistic and exerted less pressure on students. Disadvantages included administrative confusion because of a multiple grading system, and a fear that students might be penalized in later competition for stipends. (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