New Grading Policy For ECU

ECU is changing its grading system for all students next academic year , and not everyone is happy about it.

East Carolina University will switch its current "A" through "F" grading system to a system that includes pluses and minuses this coming fall.

ECU says the change will affect all students and says the highest grade will still be an "A", but students will also be able to score A minuses, B pluses and so on.

Some professors say the new system will help make grading easier for students who are walking a fine line between letter grades now.

Some students say the change might help boost their GPA's, but most we talked with were against the change, saying it will be a lot harder to get a 4.0.

ECU says the Department of Academic Affairs is working to finalize the new guidelines.


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  • by Old Guy Location: ENC on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:24 AM
    If students spent half the time studying that they do complaining about the grading system, they might all improve their GPA. America has made all educational systems easier to ensure that everyone gets that warm fuzzy feeling that they are top of the line. When these kids finally graduate and get a real job, the reality of finding out that some fail and some do well will hit home. America is slowly sliding down from the world leader we once were to a middle of the road nation that feels everyone must be a winner and not get their feelings hurt. Graduate with a high GPA, whatever your major, get motivated and provide your boss with a positive attitude toward your responsible task and you will be a successful, contributing member of society. Failure is a part of life -- how you respond to failure will determine how your quality of life will be measured. Good luck.
  • by Isn't ECU broke on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:55 PM
    I guess this remedial grading scale is a way to up admissions. I think they even have a truck drivers degree program now.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:36 PM
    It's not called Easy Credits University for nothing you know.
  • by How about on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    Try grading all universities in the UNC system the same. An A from most of the UNC system schools is a cake walk. Try doing that same work at Chapel Hill and see how that works out for you for getting an A.
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      by Jason on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to How about
      I would argue that it depends more on the major (and maybe even the professor) than the school. For example, absolutely *any* medical school in the UNC system is going to be tough -- period. Same goes for engineering, really. But I know a few folks who blew through journalism at Chapel Hill like it was nothing. I'm not saying that Chapel Hill is an easy school...just that difficulty is really subjective and varying even within the schools themselves.
  • by Jamie16 Location: Williamston on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    I think everyone should get an "A." Then everybody gets a chance and no one is left out. It levels the playing field. ;)
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    They need to go back to the method we had in the 70s. God gets and A, the President gets a B, Einstein get a C.....now tell us why you think you deserve an A again?
  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    What difference does it make? Do you know what you call a person who made "D's" all through medical school?...(a) Doctor.
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      by Future MD on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:25 PM in reply to Carl Kolchack
      Where did you go to medical school? At the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, you would call them a failure. The grading scale includes A, B, C, and F. There's no such thing as a D; it's foreign.
  • by porkchop Location: g'ville on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM
    An A should be 0.04, a B = 0.06, a C = 0.08 and anything after that is failing. Oh wait, that's blood alcohol content.
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      by Future MD on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:21 PM in reply to porkchop
      That's how it is medical school.
  • by Harrison Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    This grading change was implented due to the liberal philosophy of Democrats and Obama. Therefore, it must be Obama's fault.
  • by D Location: Pitt on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    I can not believe that college students and adults in older years who have college are still living in the "Civil War" era. Sterotyping? Come on, ECU has worked kard trying to diversify it's campus and has done a great job with education diversification. The grading change has nothing to do with sterotyping. The university is trying to give the students more insight of exactly where they stand with their grades. I think this new policy will force students who are really serious about scoring high in college to stop nd smell the roses. It will bring them closer to the world they have to live in when they do graduate. People who comment on these sites call themselves mature ????? They also need to stop and smell the roses, maybe they are not as mature as they think they are.
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