Grading analysis continues
According to a recent survey, students feel that a change
to a plus/minus grading system would promote unhealthy competition and
The survey was given to both the Faculty and students, and
while an overwhelming majority of faculty members indicated that they
were in favor of switching to a plus/minus system, a large majority of
students indicated that they were not.
In addition to student concern that a plus/minus system would increase competition and grade-grubbing, students also indicated that they were concerned it would not be possible for a professor to actually give grades as accurately as a plus/minus system would allow. Thus the grading system would be somewhat artificial.
Faculty members, on the other hand, indicated that they
did not feel that competition or grade-grubbing would be a problem under
a plus/minus system, and they were evenly split as to whether plus/minus
grades would imply greater accuracy than was actually possible.
However, both students and faculty members, indicated that
they thought a plus/minus system would provide students with better feedback
and assess student performance both more accurately and with greater flexibility.
They also did not cite the grading systems of other colleges
as being a reason to switch to a plus/minus system.
In addition, whereas faculty members indicated that they felt that a plus/minus system would allow graduate schools and employers to better assess a student's performance, students, in general, disagreed.