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Student and faculty views of plus-minus grading systems: Working paper series--07-11

Morgan, Jim and Tallman, Gary and Williams, Robert (2007) Student and faculty views of plus-minus grading systems: Working paper series--07-11. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Plus-minus grading systems and other systems that increase the grading options beyond the whole-letter system of A, B, C, D, and F are now in wide use. However, a number of schools continue to use the traditional whole-letter system and changes in grading systems arouse strong emotions which can make implementation of a new system difficult or, in some cases impossible. This study first presents a review of the prevalence of alternative grading systems based upon examination of online catalogs. Then a survey of faculty and student opinions about implementation of a plus-minus grading system at a school currently using the whole-letter grading system is presented as well as a discussion of the motivation underlying these opinions. Because this study presents a thorough discussion of the comparative advantages and disadvantages of plus-minus grading systems to constituent groups, it should be of interest to faculty and policy makers at schools contemplating a change in their grading systems.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 07-11
Keywords: Working paper, grading systems, plus-minus system, whole-letter system, opinion surveys
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2015 01:20
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1535

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