A College-wide Freshman Seminar Advisory Committee meeting Feb, 4 concluded that the course repeat policy may be revised.
“We are requesting additional data from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to help us further evaluate the ramifications of any possible change. Our next meeting is March, 4,” said Arthur Lundahl, counselor and member of the freshman seminar advisory committee. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness supplies studies and analysis for policy and decision making, and statistical data to aid in the final decision.
“Rules are all over the map, and there is no consistency. We plan on making things more assembled here in the near future,” said Lundahl. The system is currently only programmed for one repeat grade, with the second grade being the grade that counts. The new policy would either be an average of the two grades, or the highest grade will be taken as the final grade. In other colleges such as Stony Brook University, the grade received in the repeated course gets averaged into the cumulative grade point average.
Students have mixed opinions on what they think the new policy should be.
“I think the policy, as it is currently, is rather unfair to students. The second grade may not always be a true reflection of the student’s knowledge. It can be influenced by circumstances. The same way a first grade may not reflect knowledge of the subject, but also may reflect the circumstances. Likely, these circumstances are the reason the course is being retaken in the first place. An average of the two grades is also unfair. Circumstances may dictate a less-than-responsible and timely response from a student. This is unfortunate, but it does occur. A student who earns a C due to poor circumstances retakes the course. The second time that student earns an A. Now, after working hard to make up for their shortcomings, the student is punished with a B. A lot of that hard work is negated. The student has truly earned an A, but he is punished due to circumstances. The only clear solution that I see here is for only the highest of the two grades to be taken into account; it is fair,” Says Ryan Ruland, a liberal arts general studies major.
Another student argues “The second time around will not always guarantee a higher grade. An average of both grades is the most accurate way to determine how well the student knows the subject. Taking the higher grade will superficially make the student look better as opposed to an average,” says Melody Cronin a music major.