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ERIC Number: ED041541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr-23
Pages: 11
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Pass-Fail Grading: What Are the Trends?
Quann, Charles J.
In an attempt to isolate new trends and options in grading, 150 four-year colleges and universities were surveyed. Of these, 102 offered pass/fail or a similar grading option, 30 had no grading option, 6 indicated that a system was under serious consideration and 12 failed to respond. The two major reasons for haveing a pass/fail system were: (1) to encourage students to explore subjects outside their major without fear of jeopardizing their grade point average, and (2) to minimize the fear of failing. The great majority of schools used A, B, C, and D as equivalent to "pass." The most common practice was to allow students to enroll in one course per term under pass/fail, though 10 institutions indicated no limit. Most institutions indicated some form of limitation on those wishing to enroll under the option. The methods of registering for the various options varied, with some institutions allowing the students to declare the option up to the "normal deadline for adds and drops" and others requiring that it be declared at registration. In most instances, consent was required for enrollment in a grading option. Twenty-two of the respondents indicated that the instructors were denied knowledge of pass/fail enrollments, and thus reported standard grades that were converted by the Registrar, while in 80 cases, the instructors were aware of those enrolled under the option. (AF)
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Note: Paper presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, April 23, 1970