ERIC Number: ED143409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct-28
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of "P" Grade Option in Fall 1971 and Winter 1975.
Stein, June B.
An analysis of the pass-withdraw (P-W) option open to students in lieu of a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F) was made at Metropolitan Community College, using data drawn from the fall quarter, 1971, and winter quarter, 1975. Letter grades carried grade points while P-W did not, no academic credit was given for W, and students could take the P-W option in only one class per quarter. From a student body of 1,786 in 1971, l2.7% requested the P-W option, compared with 11.1% of 1,975 students in 1975. Of these, 65.5% in 1971 wanted a P rather than a D grade, 30.1% chose P over C or D, and 4.4% took P instead of B, C, or D. By contrast, in 1975, 42.5% chose P over D, 43.4% opted for P rather than C or D, and 14.2% requested P in place of B, C, or D. Of those requesting the option in 1971, 42.9% received P grades, l7.3% W grades, and the remainder received letter grades; whereas in 1975, 48.9% received P grades, 12.8% were given W grades, and 38.3% gained letter grades. In both years, the largest number of requests were from mathematics, science, and physical education classes, with 67 in 1971 and 84 in 1975. The next highest numbers were in humanities, with 26 in 1971 compared with 74 in 1975. While requests for the P-W option remained stable, changes occurred primarily in attitude toward what is an acceptable grade. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Community Coll., Minn.