LSU Faculty Senate Eyes New Grading System

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The LSU Faculty Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution to recommend the university switch to a new student grading system that awards different scores for “plus and minus” letter grades.

The 26-14 vote, with four faculty members abstaining, passed despite opposition from LSU Student Government, which has argued that a new incremental grading system could hurt “borderline” students.

Additionally, the Faculty Senate proposal gives professors the option of not using the new grading system, leading some to believe the university would be embarking on a path to widespread inconsistency in grading should the plus and minus system be adopted.

Tuesday’s vote is a milestone in a debate that has raged among LSU faculty for the majority of the year.

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