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ERIC Number: ED101781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Pages: 24
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A Study of the Results of the Implementation of a Non-Punitive Grading Practice at Mattatuck Community College.
Maxwell, James
Mattatuck Community College implemented non-punitive grading practices into its grading system in the Fall 1973 semester. These practices centered about the elimination of plus and minus grades, elimination of the grade of F, and liberalizing the course withdrawal policy to allow for withdrawal without penalty throughout the semester. A comparison was made of a sample of fity students who attended under the older traditional grading practices and a sample of fifty students who attended under the new non-punitive practices. The hypothesis of the study dealt with the grade point averages, persistence in college rate, and proportion of penalty and withdrawal grades to non-penalty grades. Findings indicate that the changes in grading practices had no significant effect on grade point averages or the proportion of penalty and withdrawal grades to non-penalty grades. A significant difference was found in the persistence in college rate of the two samples, the non-punitive grading system adversely affecting student registration for the second term. A threat to the internal validity of the study based on historical circumstances (end of Viet Nam war, end of draft, and state of the economy), is noted as a possible influence on this finding. (Author/AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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