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ERIC Number: ED129187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Report on an Interinstitutional Survey of Undergraduate Scholastic Grading 1960s to 1970s.
Suslow, Sidney
Surveyed are undergraduate grading practices and their impact on graduate admissions. A diversity of reasons are offered by the respondent universities and institutes for the dramatic rise in undergraduate grade-point averages since the mid-1960's. These speculations focus on changes in student and faculty behavior, innovations in grading systems, and ancillary changes and influences. A derived grade-point index for respondent institutions shows a consistent increase since 1963. However, graphs reported undergraduate grade-point averages by student class level, freshman through senior, show a flattening of the curves, that is, a trend toward a slowing of the rise in grade-point average values. Plus and minus symbols or some alternate scheme for greater differentiation in grading is used by roughly half of the respondent institutions. Important innovations in grading are pass/fail, credit/no credit, and withdrawal without penalty regulations for courses attempted and not completed or failed. The respondent institutions are not planning any major changes in their current grading systems. Statistics are presented along with a discussion of the data. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Office of Institutional Research.