Students discuss new plus/minus grading scale

Apr 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Campus News, Opinions

Reporting by Kristen Cypret

On June 20, 2008, the Board of Governors approved adding pluses and minuses to grades beginning in Fall 2009, including transfer grades that have pluses or minuses.  Academic standards that require certain GPAs will not be affected.  Prerequisites that require a “C” or higher will not be satisfied by a “C-” grade.

Faculty members can decide whether to use the plus/minus system.  Students whose eligibility for scholarship renewal would be adversely affected by the new system will be able to appeal.

We asked a few MSU students their opinion on this subject.

What do you think of plus/minus grading?

“I don’t have much of an opinion. It might better represent how people actually score.”
-C.J. Leutkemeyer
Secondary Education

“I don’t think it’s a good idea. From what I know about it, it makes the really good students look like they’re not as smart and it makes the not as smart students look better. As a whole, it makes our campus look better, but students with 4.0’s must work much harder. It would make a three hour class so much harder. It’s ridiculous.”
-Chad Statler
Digital Film Production

“What is it? Uhm….I don’t know.”
-Michelle Brake

“I don’t feel either way. Having doesn’t bother me and not having it doesn’t bother me. I don’t see it affecting my G.P.A. either way.”
-Justin Boker
Middle School Education major

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