ERIC Number: ED101764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Quality Point Index at Harford Community College. Research Report No. 75-1.
Tschechtelin, James D.
In fall 1974, Harford Community College instituted a nonpunitive grading system. Students receive grades of A,B,C,D, or *. A "*" indicates that course requirements have not been met; it is not considered in computing the student's Quality Point Index (QPI). This new grading system, in addition to the national trend toward higher grades, led the college's administrative council to request a study to determine if there have been any recent, significant shifts in QPI or honor lists at the college. Study results show an increase in the percentage of students on honor lists, from 18 percent in fall 1973 to 21 percent in fall 1974. There was an increase in the proportion of students with a QPI above 3 and a decrease in the proportion with a QPI below 2, the proportion of students with"middle grades" remaining unchanged. Compared to 1972, there were more A's and fewer C's given in 1973. Compared to 1973, there were more F/*'s given, as well as more A's, in 1974. The proportion of students taking incompletes in 1974 dropped 6 percent since 1973, and withdrawals rose 5 percent. During the year in which the nonpunitive grading system was introduced, the proportion of students receiving passing grades dropped 2.4 percent. Several reasons for these changes are suggested. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harford Community Coll., Bel Air, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland