ERIC Number: ED178141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Research, Fiscal Year 1979: The Grading System. Research Monographs VIII and IX.
South Oklahoma City Junior Coll., OK.
In February and March 1979, students, faculty, and staff at South Oklahoma City Junior College were surveyed to determine their feelings toward the change from a one-mark grading system (M for mastery of the subject) to a three-mark system (MH for mastery with honors, M for mastery, and CR for credit). Of the student sample, 53.8% (N=574) responded. Findings included the following: 58.9% of the students rated the revised system as very good to good, while 9.2% rated it as very poor; 60.8% felt it would help in transferring; 50% felt it would have no effect on getting a job; of those who enrolled for the first time in fall 1978 or spring 1979, 83.7% indicated that the grading system had no effect on their college choice; and comments about transfer of credit were basically positive. In response to the survey of faculty and staff, 43.3% responded. Adjunct faculty, classified staff, and nonteaching personnel rated the three-level system more highly than the single-grade system, while full-time faculty preferred the single-grade system. Considering the effect of the revised system on recruitment, retention, transferability, and getting a job, ratings were most positive on the effect on transferability. The survey also investigated the fact that all courses did not have a CR option and methods of performance level selection. Student and staff comments are included in the study reports. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Oklahoma City Junior Coll., OK.