Louisiana State U Delays Vote On Tweaking Grading System

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Louisiana State University Faculty Senate has delayed a vote on switching to a new student grading system to give the matter further study. The Advocate reports some faculty members complained about the lack of time to discuss the plan prior to Thursday's scheduled vote, while others pointed out that the change would cost the university money during a time of state budget cuts to colleges.

"It's a cultural change and a paradigm shift for us," said Andrea Houston, a professor of information systems and decision sciences. "We just don't know what the repercussions of this change will be."

"I just see this as fear of change," countered physics professor George Stanley, arguing in favor of the switch.

The proposed "plus-and-minus grading system" would award different scores for "plus and minus" letter grades in classes. Those supporting the switch argued it would allow for more accuracy and flexibility in assigning final grades for students.

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