- The UGPDC has developed these guidelines with the aim of ensuring high academic standards and relative equity in performance assessment across courses and time. We see these as guidelines that shape overall grading rather than requirements. Faculty retain discretion regarding grade distributions based on performance in a specific class.
- We recognize that distribution of grades could vary slightly from the guidelines, particularly for courses with different Spring/Fall populations and across sections of larger, coordinated courses. The UGPDC aims to avoid substantial deviations from the guidelines, especially systematic and persistent deviations by individual faculty or courses.
We should also note that the UGPDC is committed to avoiding grade deflation (and grade inflation) and we would like to ensure that final grades reflect the scores that students have accrued over the course of the semester. For example, if a student has received scores in the 90s during the semester, she would be reasonable to expect a grade in the “A” range for the course. Ideally if students’ scores over the semester will usefully distinguish those who have demonstrated the greatest mastery of the subject from those who have demonstrated less mastery.
I would be happy to talk further if you have any concerns or questions.