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Referendum report incomplete

Those of us on the faculty who are involved in consideration of the freshman pass/fail issue have eagerly awaited the outcome of the March 15 student referendum on that subject. Your article on the outcome ["Students vote on three referenda," March 17] left many questions in readers' minds, since the reported voting percentages do not add to 100 percent and the actual wording of the questions was not presented. Also, it was not possible to infer from the article how many alternatives were presented. A very effective way to communicate student views on this issue to the faculty would be to print the actual wording of the questions along with the number of votes and percentage of the vote received by each.

John L. Wyatt, Jr. '68->

Associate Professor->

Department of Electrical->

Engineering->

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(Editor's note: below is given the complete text of the two referendum questions on freshman pass/no-credit grading, as well as the complete voting percentages.)

Pass/Fail

II. The current Pass/No-Record grading system for second term freshman year has a positive or negative effect on the undergraduate MIT experience in general.

Choose one: @# Positive @# Negative @# No opinion.

Results on question II: Positive, 77.2%; Negative, 12.8%; No opinion, 5.0%; No response 5.0%. 1503 votes cast.

Pass/Fail

III. Which of the following grading systems do you prefer:

@# 1. Pass/No-Record grading for first term freshman year. Seven Pass/No-Credit courses, to be used one per term (non-cumulative) only for each of the seven terms after first term freshman year. Two of these courses may be used for humanities subjects, two for science distribution or science core subjects, and one for a subject in the departmental program.

@# 2. Pass/No-Record grading for first term freshman year. Seven Pass/No-Credit courses, to be used freely at any time after first term freshman year. Two of these courses may be used for humanities subjects, two for science distribution subjects, and one for a subject in the departmental program. For any term in which two or more Pass/No-Credit courses are taken, a credit limit of 51 units will be imposed.

@# 3. Pass/No-Record grading for both first and second term freshman year. Two Pass/Fail unrestricted electives to be taken during the junior and/or the senior year.

@# 4. Other. (Please specify.)

@# 5. No opinion.

Results on Question III: Choice 1, 9.0%; Choice 2, 28.5%; Choice 3, 47.9%; Choice 4, 8.1%; Choice 5, 6.5%. 1503 votes cast.