These courses were developed before I began working here, which was 
about 11 years ago. How far back the history goes, I don't know.

>Thanks for that.  I'm a little leary of P/NP grading.  I'm very intrigued,
>however, by the courses being offered in these various schools. 
>Does this have
>a lot of history?  It certainly implies great trust!  jan
>>>>  Nic Voge <[log in to unmask]> 01/26/07 5:46 PM >>>
>At UC Berkeley's Student Learning Center, we offer several courses
>for credit that include a signficiant  learning to learn component.
>All of these are graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis. Most of the courses
>are offered under the auspices of the School of Education, adjunct
>courses  are offered by Math, Statistics and Sociology, but taught by
>SLC staff.
>I favor grading on a Pass/Not Pass basis in many respects. It takes
>the pressure off students, and removing that incentive can help
>students work from a motive of self-improvement and intrinsic
>motivation which has positive results in terms of the depth and
>quality of students' engagement.
>Not having a grade attached makes it incumbent upon the instructor to
>help students see the value of the course and developing their skills
>as something worthwhile unto themselves. I do not reduce the
>standards because the course is  P/NP; in fact, I've had students say
>my two unit course is more challenging than their upper-division 3
>unit courses in their major. The vast majority of those  who stay in
>the class and fully engage in the assignments recognize the value and
>I think most of those see that the value of the outcomes are directly
>linked to the amount of time and effort they put into the course.
>Now, how many students choose not to take the course because of the
>amount of work and that they can't pad their GPA, I have no way of


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Dominic (Nic) J. Voge
Study Strategies Program Coordinator
University of California, Berkeley
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