An A under the new plus/minus system will
mean more and carry more weight than did the old As,
said Susan Olson, an adjunct communications instructor at HPU.
Students under the new system have the opportunity to earn higher
Numerically, there is a huge range that each grade can
fall into under the standard grading system, stated Olson.
Narrowing the grading range gives teachers a better opportunity
to distinguish students effort. New grades will recognize
and reward greater effort put forth by students. I would
think that students would want that distinction, Olson
Ive always thought that an A should be reserved
for students displaying exceptional work and exceeding set standards,
while a B is above average, and a C is average, said Olson,
an A should not be standard.
When asked if she would be implementing the new grading system,
Olson replied with an enthusiastic yes!
Faculty members will have the option of using the plus/minus
system or the standard system. Students will know whether a
course uses the plus/minus option, at the beginning of the semester
by reading each course syllabus.
Under the current policy, graduate students receiving a D grade
or lower in graduate courses will receive F grades. Under the
optional policy, D grades do not apply to graduate students.