Drake Considers Plus/Minus Grades

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Drake University faculty members are considering adding pluses and minuses to grades, a policy change that would put the institution in step with its peers but has drawn impassioned opposition from students.

The current system allows for whole letter grades — an A or B, for example — but prohibits grades like an A-minus or B-plus.

The change would mean Iowa’s largest private college, which enrolls about 5,400 students, would join with the vast majority of U.S. colleges and universities in awarding plus and minus grades.

Drake’s faculty is expected to vote in the spring on the proposal. This fall, news of the possible change generated vocal opposition from students. Nearly 200 people attended a public forum, during which students lined up at a microphone to oppose the measure.

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