Plus/Minus Effects

http://sga.missouristate.edu/docs/Plus-Minus Effects Fall 2009.xls

Attention students!  For information over the effects of the plus/minus system, please see the link above which lists grade and grade point average distributions for the Fall 2008 and Fall 2009 semesters (before and after the implementation of the plus/minus grading system).  This data was collected by the Office of Institutional Research and was shared with the Student Government Association.

A few things to note:

  • The overall GPA decreased by .03 points for undergraduate students and decreased by .06 points for graduate students.  However, the data shows that this cannot be attributed solely to the implementation of the plus/minus grading system because the amount of Ds and Fs increased.
  • There were 3.3% fewer 4.0s awarded to undergraduate students and 10.7% fewer 4.0s awarded to graduate students.
  • Only 16% of all grades given were followed by a plus or a minus, reflecting on the low number of courses using the plus/minus grading system.
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7 Responses to Plus/Minus Effects

  1. ray says:

    I really don’t see why we adopted an optional system that has long-term affects on grades. An “A” is an “A” no matter what as far as I’m concerned. It’s stupid that we adopted the +/- system in the first place, especially when it’s having a clear negative affect on everyone’s grades.

    PS: Your link to the document is broken.

  2. Jeff Thomas says:

    The link is working now!

  3. Garrett says:

    Is is fair for the student who consistently achieves 98%-100% in classes to recieve the same recognition as the student who recieves 90%-92%? I believe that everyone knows that it takes alot more work to achive the A+ grade than the A- grade. This is why the +/- system is necessary. It pushes for higher student achievement and recognizes those who do put in the extra effort.

  4. Josiah Hardin says:

    That’d be all good and well if there was an A+. But there is not. It’s difficult enough to learn 90% of the course load and test well on it. Making students learn an additional 3% to receive the same grade is silly. Besides, that also makes it impossible to compare grades with other students from different years. My brother could have had the same grade on his chemistry lab last year as I did this year, and he would have been awarded a 4.0, whereas I got a 3.7.

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