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How Enhanced Transcripts Can Help Evaluate Graduate School Applications

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Perspectives on Degree Completion and Graduate School Application

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Mechanical Engineering

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26.856.1 - 26.856.11



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Randall D. Manteufel University of Texas, San Antonio

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Randall Manteufel is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches thermal-fluid courses.

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Amir Karimi University of Texas, San Antonio

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Amir Karimi, University of Texas, San Antonio
Amir Karimi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1982. His teaching and research interests are in thermal sciences. He has served as the Chair of Mechanical Engineering (1987 to 1992 and September 1998 to January of 2003), College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Jan. 2003-April 2006), and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (April 2006-September 2013). Dr. Karimi is a Fellow of ASEE, a Fellow of ASME, senior member of AIAA, and holds membership in ASHRAE, and Sigma Xi. He has served as the ASEE Campus Representative at UTSA, ASEE-GSW Section Campus Representative, and served as the Chair of ASEE Zone III (2005-07). He chaired the ASEE-GSW section during the 1996-97 academic year.

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Evaluating enhanced student grade transcripts that includes the class grade distribution information  In 2013, a bill was introduced in the Texas Legislature (House Bill 3498) which would require public institutions to issue transcripts that include the average grade awarded in the class as well as the student’s earned grade.  This requirement is similar to enhanced transcripts being implemented at other institutions.  The proponents of enhance transcripts cite the growing trend that instructor grade distributions are widely available and used by students (, to decide which instructors to take, as well as avoid.  The reality is that many students consider earning less than an “A” grade to be unacceptable.  The grade distributions vary greatly for the same class based on the instructor, hence providing additional information on the transcript will discourage grade inflation and possibly restore the perceived worth of grades such as a “B” or “C”.  This paper reviews the (1) status of enhanced transcripts proposals, (2) the range of information to be added to transcripts, and (3) recommendations on how to evaluate a student’s overall academic performance using a grade point average reflecting class grade information.   The last recommendation is directed at evaluating a student’s transcript for admission to graduate school.

Manteufel, R. D., & Karimi, A. (2015, June), How Enhanced Transcripts Can Help Evaluate Graduate School Applications Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24193

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