Remove the plus minus scale overhaul from the grading system.
The plus minus scale has no A+ on its scale which makes it an unbalanced scale. It unfairly punishes A- students, and its only purpose is to differentiate students and it punishes good students.
The ASUW Academics, Technology, and Sustainability Committee has been hard at work completing in depth research on this issue. Senator Josh Materi from the College of Arts & Science, the Chair of this Committee, has put together a Status Report which details this research. Please reference the Status Report from Senator Materi for the Committee’s recommendations regarding how to overhaul and/or improve the current plus/minus grading system here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxvHE7ovI2jQWVkxbTF0cG1SRWc/view?usp=sharing.
The ASUW Student Government will continue to look at how to best address this issue moving forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ASUW Student Government at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will periodically update this issue with any progress made.
ASUW Director of Institutional Development Robert West
There is no exemption for the current plus/minus grading system even if you were a student before the fall 2014 semester. Individaul faculty members choose whether or not their courses follow the plus/minus grading system; therefore, it is impossible for the Office of the Registrar to have two different grading systems depending on the class standing of students.
Theodore L. Schueler commented
If we started college under a different scale, is there an option to be grandfathered out of the new (horrible) grading? would we just need to fill out an exception request form?
Lucas Robertson Grant commented
you can make up a C- with a B+ But when you get into the A range, your hopes of making up the C- with an A+ are shot. Statistically speaking, this plus minus system will hurt the students more than it helps.
Elyse Nicole Robinette commented
The plus minus scale is an absolute joke. It is not uniform across the board which adds to its inadequacy as a fair grading scale. Some of my professors decided a 96% is an A while others set 92% as an A. Furthermore as an engineering student, receiving a 96% in a class is a rather impossible task. I believe the hard work to earn an A should be reflected in a 4.0 GPA. Why are you trying to reinvent something that has been in place for years and followed by the vast majority of schools? Go back to the old system which is fair to everyone.
Kristopher Lynn Chriswisser commented
Ya I am being screwed over by this Plus minus ****.. Way to go UW. Way to go! Raise tuition and ***** every student over with this bull. What about the kids on scholarship that have to keep a 4.0?? You have to get a 93% or higher to get a 4.0.... If they have to put more effort in to keep over a 93% or higher they should at least get a 4.25... way to go UW.. way to go!
Harold A. Kanter commented
As a student very concerned about graduate school, I understand the desire for more discrimination between the best and the best of the best. Unfortunately I do not think this system works. While I agree with the previous comments about A students, I also think it is important to point out how unbalanced the system is. My major's department does not use the +/- system. This does not, however, mean I am more qualified for a job or a graduate school than a student with a different degree or even taking different electives that use the +/- system but are receiving the same grades. Despite this, our GPAs would tell a different story. The system is also not uniform among various colleges and universities. This means we are deterring prospective students by offering lower GPA possibilities. I strongly believe for our school to be the most attractive, effective, and fair that it can be, the +/- system cannot be used.
Kimberly Holloway commented
I would like to see the evidence supporting the claim that students are actually doing A+ work. It has not been my experience, which has been limited to A & S I admit, that some students are producing work worthy of a 4.25.
Amy J. Cox commented
Agreed. May just do a + system ( with no - and where there is an A + worth 4.25) so that it would actually help students.
Chelsea Lynn Schnyer commented
My biggest concern with the plus/minus system is the risk of losing scholarships. All my scholarships require a 3.0 until graduation in which I work very hard to maintain;however, my GPA dropped a half point alone due to switching to this system. This semester I would have received a 3.2, but now my cumulative GPA will drop again and it places me at risk losing the monies that brought me to this university. I think it would have been wise to grandfather current students in so we can graduate on time.
Emily R. Smith commented
Or even if they could grandfather in the students who have been attending UW for awhile and only apply the plus minus system to the new freshman class. It's KILLING GPA's of students who work extremely hard and helping the average student. I do not believe that it is a good system and needs to be reformed.
Charis Michelle Holscher commented
Additionally, some professors have decided to remove a C- from the scale for their classes so that students can still pass with a C, without having it affect their GPA enough to disqualify them for their scholarship(s). However, an A- or B- also negatively impacts GPA, and punishes students who have worked extremely hard.
Alyssa C Gizinski commented
I think this system should be removed
Richard Yang commented
Not only does this system affect students who earn A's, but it also affects students who earn C's.
Did you know that a C- counts as a 1.666 GPA? If we are going on the standard that a 2.0 is passing, then if you receive a C-, it's considered failing.