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The Senate of College Councils Presents:
What you need to know about Plus/Minus Grading
Plus/Minus Grading: What is it?
Starting in the Fall of 2009, the University will switch from its current system to a plus/minus system.
The New System:
System for Fall '09
Senate's Stance: The Bottom Line
"Plus minus grading is happening, starting Fall 2009. The Senate of College Councils has been actively involved in the issue since Spring 2007. Throughout the planning process, Senate worked hard to represent the student voice, and remains committed to advocating for students during the implementation process."
Make your voice heard at PlusMinusGrading@gmail.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the plus/minus system be grandfathered?
No. Come Fall of 2009, all students (current and incoming) will be under the new grading system.
Will my GPA be Affected*?
No. Effects on GPA will likely even out, and the effect on top students is as likely to be positive. In any case, given that most of our peer institutions use plus/minus grading, this change would increase the equity of comparisons for students from different universities.
Will the Plus/Minus System be Optional for Professors?
No. Starting Fall 2009, the University is moving to having only one grading scale. Professors can assign which ever grade in our grading scale they feel is most representative of the academic performance of the student.
Why is the University Switching*?
1. Plus/minus grading allows for more accurate representation of students' performance.
2. Plus/minus grading makes it easier to assign grades in borderline cases
3. Plus/minus grading may be used to reduce grade inflation.
4. All 11 of our peer institutions (the group of large public universities that UT Austin uses for comparison purposes) use some form of plus/minus grading.
5. The new system will help with transfer student discrepancies.
6. The more grade options we have means that students are awarded grades appropriate to their performance in a course.