ERIC Number: ED156249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
"Non-Punitive" Grading Systems; The Experience of One College.
Woods, Nancy A.
A study of the non-punitive grading system at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) was undertaken to assess the impact on student performance of X (assigned in lieu of F), W (withdrawal), and I (incomplete) grades, and other institutions' perceptions and use of these grades in considering KVCC transfer students for admission. KVCC Student Senate members (10), faculty coordinators of the eleven Career Development Centers, admissions officers from six four-year colleges and universities that regularly accept 90% of KVCC transfer students, and personnel managers from four firms who regularly hire KVCC graduates were interviewed. In addition, secondary data, gathered from computerized grade reports, were reviewed to determine the actual distribution of grades awarded from fall 1974 through fall 1976. All groups shared a lack of understanding of the grading system. Controversy centered around the X and to a lesser extent the W grades. Most students and faculty, and five of the transfer institutions viewed the X grade as a failure, and thereby punitive. Based on study findings, the KVCC grading system was changed in fall 1977; 0.0 was instituted in place of X. In the two semesters since adoption, 0.0 grades accounted for 4.5% less of overall distribution than had X grades. It is believed that 0.0 grades will aid in identifying students with academic problems. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kalamazoo Valley Community Coll., MI.