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Proposed Renormalized Grade Point Average Accounting for Class GPA AbstractA renormalized grade-point-average (RGPA) is proposed based on both the grade earnedin a class, as well as the entire grade distribution in the class. The purpose of the RGPA isto more accurately measure the relative performance among students. It is suspected thatsome students purposely enroll in courses taught by instructors that have reputations forbeing lenient, or easy graders, while avoiding instructors who have reputations for beingharsh graders. This study looks at 12 required upper-division courses in an undergraduatemechanical engineering program, and tracks 40 students through these courses. Gradedistributions in each class are compared over a 7 year period, highlighting the influenceof instructors who issue significantly higher or lower grade distributions on overallstudent GPA. High grades earned in classes with high overall high class GPA arediscounted while more weight is given to high grades earned in classes that have lowclass GPA. It is important to explore alternative methods to compute GPA, because it isan important factor used in decisions related to financial aid, scholarships, admission tomajor course sequence, and/or admission into graduate programs.
Manteufel, R. D., & Karimi, A. (2011, June), Proposed Renormalized Grade Point Average Accounting for Class GPA Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18867
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