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Current Grading System Fair and Adequate; Changes Would Have Adverse Effect

Current Grading System Fair and Adequate; Changes Would Have Adverse Effect

The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Professor Nigel H. M. Wilson PhD '70 of the Committee on Academic Performance:

I am disappointed with any proposals to amend the current grading system. I believe the current system provides enough of a distinction between different levels of performance, and is quite fair and adequate. The current system is unfavorable only to the students who are just below the A/B, B/C, C/D borders, and who would rather receive a B+ than a B, for example.

The implementation of any of the different grading policies would have an adverse effect on the student body.

Most students here exert painstaking efforts to achieve high grades, and are continuously subjected to excessive levels of emotional stress resulting from both trying to keep up with the amount of material in classes and worrying about grades. The proposed changes to the grading system would undoubtedly exacerbate the amount of pressure undergraduates face.

A new system would also adversely affect students planning on continuing to graduate or professional schools. Adding the intermediate grades between existing letter grades would intensify the competition in classes and augment the torment over getting a higher grade.

To some it might appear that I am exaggerating the effect of this change on the students. However, I believe that many undergraduates and faculty, closely familiar with affairs, concerns, and anxieties of undergraduates, will support my view.

Oleg E. Drozhinin '97