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ERIC Number: ED165571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The GPA Game and the Newly Disadvantaged College Student.
Collins, Janet; Nickel, K. N.
This article on grading practices in colleges considers the following issues: the more extensive utilization of nontraditional grades by many institutions, the practices of some institutions of not giving or not recording D and/or F grades, the policy of permitting unlimited repeating of courses with the last or highest grade received used in grade point average (GPA) computation, the "academic bankruptcy" procedure of excluding one or more "bad" semesters, and the lack of comparability of grades from one institution, one department, or one professor to the next. These practices raise serious questions about the manner in which a student's GPA is used to evaluate a student. There is a need for more commonality and equivalence in grading systems so that competition for graduate schools, fellowships, and jobs is more fair. There could be some progress in this direction if all of the departments or colleges in an institution, or all of the state schools in one state, or a national organization could encourage all of its member schools in higher education to work for equivalent grading systems. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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