Forum will address plus-minus controversy
Long a contentious issue on the Bowdoin campus, the institution
of a plus/minus grading system has recently assumed top priority on the
Recording Committee's agenda. As a result, Student Government and the
Recording Committee will sponsor an open forum on Bowdoin's grading policy
at Ladd House at 8:00 p.m. on January 28.
The forum will be held to discuss the issues related to
possibility of changing Bowdoin's grading system and will aim to inform
the College community as a whole.
In an attempt to survey the entire student body, the College
will also post an online survey. The faculty also completed an online
survey about these issues.
Here is a brief history of the pattern of our grading system
-Prior to 1954 Bowdoin used a system without pluses or minuses.
What should we do now in 2002?
Proponents of the change say that the new system would provide
a more accurate means of assessing student performance, as well as aid
students in competing for spots at professional schools against students
from other institutions with pluses and minuses on their transcripts.
Opponents say that these possible benefits are not enough to balance out
the competition that a plus/minus system might inspire. Many question
the fundamental value an institution such as Bowdoin should place on grades.
The college Recording Committee wishes to solicit student
opinion concerning the possible move to a plus / minus system, and urges
students to attend the forum Monday. The survey will run from Monday,
January 28, to Friday, February 1, and can be accessed at http://doubletop.bowdoin.edu/vote/.