Comments on Grading

Although often unpleasant and occassionally unfair, grading is an essential component of the existing academic system.  Grades are a reasonable way for motivating many students and establishing a simple measure of how well the course requirements were performed.  While I personally do not enjoy this part of the academic experience I recognize its overall utility.

Professor  Sprott  has posted an extensive essay on the nature of grading in his classes.  I find that many important points are well covered in this document and so I refer students in my classes to it. In general most of what is stated will pertain to my classes although there may be some differences in the actual determination of course grades.

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