SPCM Speech Plus Minus Grading

SPCM Speech Plus Minus Grading - T&R Fewer students with a...

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T&R: Fewer students with a GPA of 4.0: The plus/minus grading system divides the A grade into two parts -- A and A-, -- thereby reducing the number of students obtaining a GPA of 4.0 since there is not a corresponding A+ with a 4.3 to balance out the A- with a 3.7. Top students, the ones that work the hardest, are most affected. Arizona State looked at other schools and predicted that the change would result in a small drop in GPAs for students in the 3.8-4.0 region, mostly because some A grades would become A- grades. Students around a GPA of 3.0 may see a small increase in GPA, especially if there were incentives to move up a grade due to smaller grade intervals. R: Increased number of students on probation and finally disqualification: If good academic standing requires an overall C grade or 2.0. Some undergraduate and graduate students who are at the C grade borderline respectively could be earning a C- and not remain in good academic standing. This could increase the number of students on probation.
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