ERIC Number: ED309802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Plus and Minus Grading.
Farland, Ronnald; Cepeda, Rita
The current official policy of the California community colleges on grading prohibits the use of plus and minus symbols to modify a standard letter grade. Plus and minus grades may influence a student's grade point average (GPA) either through statistical effects or psychological effects on teachers and students. At its fall 1985 session, and again in fall 1987, the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges requested that districts be permitted to decide upon whether to use the plus and minus symbols. The implementation of such a policy would require that the following issues be resolved: (1) some argue that there should be a uniform grading policy among all community colleges, while others argue for local discretion; (2) assigning a numerical value of 0.3 to pluses and minuses would work to the benefit of transfer students from districts that use the plus/minus designation; and (3) there are various ways that a minus grade could be treated in regard to "satisfactory completion" of course requirements, leading to problems of equity for students from different community colleges and between community colleges and transfer institutions. This report to the Board of Governors includes an analysis of the issue of "satisfactory completion" of courses and recommended revisions to the California Code of Regulations to implement a permissive use of pluses and minuses by districts. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California