Part Of New NMSU Grading Policy Draws Criticism

Jul 5, 2013

Some New Mexico State University students are unhappy with part of a new grading policy

The policy generally adds or subtracts a third of a point to a student's GPA for a plus or minus letter grade, but students say it's unfair because it doesn't include an extra third of a point for students who get A-plus grades.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that adding that extra third could help a student bring up his or her overall GPA.

University officials say the policy is fair and that students had a voice in determining it.

Faculty Senate Chairman Dennis Clason also says the lack of an extra one-third point for A-pluses won't hurt applicants to graduate and professional schools.

Clason says those schools take different grading scales into account.

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