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That depends on where you set the minimum, though, doesn't it? 

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kate Jakobson
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:50 AM
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Subject: Re: How grades are counted for remedial courses

At Kirtland Community College, grades for developmental courses are
recorded
as SA, SB, SC, and U (S = satisfactory, U=unsatisfactory).   The credits
are
granted towards full-time status, financial aid, and GPA, but not
towards certificates or degrees.

I'm of two minds about grades for these classes.  On the one hand, I do
think most students respond to the motivation factor of grading, given
that they're used to receiving grades for courses; on the other hand,
they can, as someone's mentioned, be a distraction for some students.  I
think overall though, that I would prefer to see our grading system
continue as is, with the motivation factor overcoming the possible
distraction for a fewer number of students.  If just S or U were
awarded, I'm afraid I just can't see some students striving to do more
than just the minimum to get by.

Kate

Kate Jakobson, Director
Tutoring and Student Success
Kirtland Community College
10775 N. St. Helen Rd
Roscommon, MI   48653
989.275.5000 x 211

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Melissa Chandler
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:16 AM
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Subject: How grades are counted for remedial courses

The administration is wanting to change the way grades in remedial
courses count at my institution. Currently the remedial courses don't
count toward graduation, but the grades figure into the student's GPA.
They are wanting to change that policy so the grades for remedial
courses won't figure into the GPA. The remedial grades will still count
for Financial aid and athletic eligibility, but that is all. My concern
is student motivation if their grade doesn't matter. 
They will still be required to take the courses if they score into them,
and they will need a certain grade to pass, but will that be enough
motivation. Motivation is a problem to begin with in this area.
What do other institutions do with grades? How does this affect
motivation?
We are a small two-year community college.
Thanks for your response.
Melissa Chandler

Melissa Chandler
Developmental Specialist
Allen County Community College
1801 North Cottonwood
Iola, KS 66749
(620) 365-5116 ext. 247
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