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ERIC Number: ED056677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Pages: 13
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A Survey of Graduate School Attitudes Toward Non-traditional Grading Systems: Preliminary Report. New College Report #2.
Hofeller, Margaret A.
Questionnarie data were obtained from 391 (58% of 668 deans of U.S. graduate and professional programs in liberal arts and sciences, education, law, medicine, and nursing on nontraditional undergraduate grading systems. The major findings are that: (1) grade-point averages remain the single most important criterion for the evaluation of graduate school applicants; (2) when students' records contain a large number of pass-fail grades, standardized test scores and the apparent quality of the undergraduate college gain in importance as admission criteria; (3) any given proportion of pass-fail grades create significantly more negative effect when they occur in courses in applicants' major fields than in courses outside of the major; (4) pass-fail grades in as few as 10% of an applicants' major courses have negative impact on evaluation of these applicatns; and (5) the clear majority of graduate schools report the practice of recomputing state grade-point averages, not only to gain a measure of the students' performance in his major or senior year, but also to justify the G.P.A. for the possible inclusion of pass-fail grades. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. Center for the Study of Higher Education.