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Should Colleges In America Use The Grade Scale Or A Pass Fail Scale?

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Colleges in America grade students academically for successful careers. For years students grades were calculate by an alphabetic/numeric grade scale. Today colleges are questioning whether grades should be determined by continuing to use a grade scale or switch to a pass/fail scale. Although, there were numerous of factors both positive and negative about a pass/fail system to take into consideration before making a decision. I feel that colleges in America should continue to use a grade scale to convey to students that grades have consequences, open doors to opportunity, and alleviates perturbation.
Students understand the consequences of low grade averages, so they constantly evaluate ...view middle of the document...

Grade Grade points Definition
A 4.000 achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements
A- 3.667
B+ 3.333
B 3.000 achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements
B- 2.667
C+ 2.333
C 2.000 achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect
C- 1.667
D+ 1.333
D 1.000 achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements
F 0.000 represents failure (or no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I (see also I)

There are plenty of opportunities available to receive scholarship and job offers from different companies or private individuals wanting to give back to others. In other words, opportunities are endless and doors are open to students whose grades are within a C average or greater.
It is true that the pass-fail scale would allow academically high and low level student to feel equal and worthy. Pass-fail scale puts all students’ in one category and would not allow any student rewards for their excellence.
Students would be able to focus more on their studies and not a grade scale. However, the pass/fail scale has no true self-worth value for students’. For example, if a student is not allowed to visually see a grade, they will more than likely work less than their capabilities.
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