June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.856.1 - 26.856.11
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 (www.myedu.com, www.ratemyinstructor.com) 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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