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Talks continue on plus/minus grading policy

Monday, April 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:26 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The statement in the Faculty Handbook on grading policies for undergraduate programs is being evaluated by the MU Faculty Council and its Academic Affairs committee to develop a clearer interpretation.

The statement, discussed at a council meeting Thursday, says faculty members are “expected” to use the plus/minus grading system. Council member Jenice Prather-Kinsey said some faculty members interpret this policy to mean all possible grades on the plus/minus scale must be administered within the class.

Prather-Kinsey has developed an alternative policy that says the plus/minus grading system is “the norm” but that faculty members are trusted to administer grades that most accurately reflect a student’s performance. Council members suggested, however, that this makes the plus/minus system seem optional.

Policies on electing council officers

Also at the meeting, new policies for electing council officers were discussed. Officers are elected during the summer session, which many council members are unable to attend. One possible resolution moves the elections for all officers to May. Another idea is to have a the general officer elections in May and the elections for committee chairs in August. Discussion will continue at the next meeting.

Council chairman Gordon Christensen read a statement from John Foley, who is leading the search for the next provost of MU. The statement said that the search committee has received applications from many qualified candidates and has decided to pursue some of them. The names were not released. Lori Franz is serving as interim provost.


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