Last week Student Government voted on a resolution to change the current plus/minus grading scale. The resolution states that an A- is worth 4 grade points and a B- is worth 3.3 grade points. The original system was bad enough, but making a gap of 0.7 grade points is ridiculous. SG is doing a good job trying to reform the system. The Faculty Senate should go further by approving SGÃs resolution and creating a scale that is both mandatory for the entire university and distributes grade points evenly.
The way the current system works, resolution aside, when a student receives an A- itÃs worth 3.67 grade points out of a possible 4. If a student receives an A or A+ itÃs worth 4 points. This may not seem like a problem, but the plus/minus system is not universal. That means that if one teacher chooses not to use the plus/minus system your A in that class is worth more than the A- you may have struggled for in another class. Also, for those who make AÃs on a regular basis, getting even as high as a B+ is going to bring down their GPAs significantly.
The other thing that is troublesome with both the old grading scale and the new Ã¬revisedÃ® grading scale is that according to USF, an Ã¬average performanceÃ® is anywhere from a C+ to a C-, or 2.33 points to 1.67 points. A C- may be good enough to pass all general education and Gordon Rule requirements, but it isnÃt good enough to graduate. An Ã¬average performanceÃ® shouldnÃt keep a student from graduating.
The grading scale needs to be fixed, but not just to make all the smart people at USF happy. It needs to be improved for all those Ã¬averageÃ® students, too. The Faculty Senate should take matters into its own hands by making a scale that is evenly distributed and fair for its students.