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ERIC Number: ED036275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 6
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Grades and Academic Standards.
Hyman, Lawrence W.
As far as students are concerned, the real tyrrany exercised by the university is in the classroom where grades may decide a student's fate. The grading system has, therefore, become a major target of radical students and faculty. Significant changes in the grading system will probably not be made until provisions are made for the maintenance of academic standards. This could be accomplished by using the pass-fail system in the classroom and letter grades in departmental exams. These exams would generally only be taken by those who intended to major or minor in a field and would be taken when entering that field and when completing it. Without the grades, work in the classroom would have to be meaningful in itself; and without the teacher as the sole judge of one's performance, both teaching and learning would become more stimulating experiences. Students should also be allowed to question the relevancy of particular questions on exams. The ensuing public debate would be useful to the teacher who must design the exam as well as to the students in helping to raise the intellectual level of the college. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Coll.