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UNC Profs Give 'F' to Grading System Change

Posted April 27, 2007 5:44 p.m. EDT
Updated April 27, 2007 6:12 p.m. EDT

— Professors at the University of North Carolina on Friday voted down a proposal to add an "achievement index" to the university grading system.

The Faculty Council voted 34-31 to stick with the existing grade-point average system.

The achievement index, or AI for short, is a statistical model designed to measure each undergraduate's performance relative to his or her classmates. It is designed to take into account how difficult classes are and how tough grading practices are in each class.

AI supporters said the system is needed ibecause a steady increase in the average GPA over the last decade indicates relying solely on grades is an unreliable measure of success. They wanted the index to be used in addition with GPAs.

But many professors and students said AI was a confusing way to measure performance and would have divided the campus, pitting students against each other in class.

Supporters said they might propose a different version of AI or another new grading practice as early as next year.