New Grading Policies
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Noel Levitz suggests that faculty report grades early in the semester so students will know the status of their grade before the academic drop deadline. Without adding more grading reports to faculty load, we recommend a practice of reporting grades six-weeks into the semester. These sixth-week grades will replace of midterm grades.
Suggested Best Practice 4.14.1 Faculty should provide a brief graded or diagnostic assignment to be turned in on the first class day of the second week of class for undergraduate classes. By assessing this initial assignment, faculty members could identify at-risk students in the second week of class and assist them in providing assistance they need to be successful in their course. This practice has been used successfully at the University of Texas El Paso, a school with a similar student demographic to USM.
Suggested Best Practice 4.14.2 Faculty distribute and return a significant graded assignment at least three days before the date by which a student can drop a course without penalty. If students learn before the drop date that they are not going to succeed in the course, they would be able to drop without penalty and preserve their GPA and academic standing.