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I got an 'A' in my Distributed Software Engineering class (that's "Distributed Software" engineering, not Distributed "Software Engineering", by the way).  Normally I'd feel pretty good about the grade, but the professor posted _everyone's_ grades on a single page, in a table that shows the last 4 digits of the student ID, followed by grades for the project, exam, and participation, and the final grade.  The lowest score in the class was a 54.95 (out of a possible 100).  The lowest grade?  B-.

Yeah...  Suddenly an A doesn't feel like that much of an accomplishment.  :(

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pathia
May. 8th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Is this in a grad school class? If so that's pretty typical. Anyone who'd get a C in the class is gone by now.
wolffit
May. 8th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's a graduate class. Given that the highest score in the class was an 89%, I can see raising the grade thresholds some, but should a 55% really be a passing score?
pathia
May. 8th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yes.

I had graduate classes when 33% was a C+

Percentage correct per class is completely arbitrary, even moreso in grad classes. Professors have no rules. In undergrad, you have to worry about being sued by parents, or getting bad reports just because the percentage is low. Professors give partial credit when they think you're full of crap. This is totally different in grad school, they're given more leeway to grade you negatively. They're also given more leeway on saying what's to pass and what's not.

Edited at 2008-05-08 03:08 pm (UTC)
wolffit
May. 8th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
This professor apparently decided that a score 40% below the top score is sufficient to pass - and not just to PASS, because a C is a passing grade, but to pass with an acceptable grade.
pathia
May. 8th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
No it's not.

C is a F as far as graduate school is concerned. You may get your degree by getting them, but it's not looked upon well.

Note: This is why much was snickered about Bush's C average in his graduate classes.

Edited at 2008-05-08 04:08 pm (UTC)
wolffit
May. 8th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
At GMU, a C is a passing grade - but you can only have (3 or 6?) hours of C in a graduate program.

An F is a failing grade - it does not count at all towards completing the program requirements.

There IS a difference.
claudea
May. 8th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ouch.
How did that happen? Where I come from a 54.95/100 is an F.

Also, I totally read the class name as "Disturbed Software" which sounded like a very entertaining course. :)
pathia
May. 8th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Ouch.
Did you go to graduate school?
claudea
May. 8th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Ouch.
No... Is there some ridiculous new scale applies to grad. students?

I have taken a couple of grad. level courses and all of those were graded on the same scale as undergrad...

*confuzzled*
pathia
May. 8th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Ouch.
There is no standard scale anywhere. Scales are completely arbitrary. Think about it. A professor can curve all he/she likes, it completely destroys any relevance of 'scale'.

And yes, things are completely different in graduate school.

A==Good B==Okay and C==Fail
Anything else you should quit the program is basically how it's viewed, at least in all the programs I've seen.
khyle
May. 8th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Hey you got an A, that is something ya know! :) An A is still an A for GPA purposes, if ya look at it that way. *hugs* Congrats and all that jazz. ^_^
foraneo
May. 8th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Grade inflation in grad school is odd, I agree.

But, you got an A!! Which means you rock! *big grin*
daphnetolaurel
May. 8th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Fuck the grading scale. You are an intelligent, highly competant rocker, and I bet you rocked the hell out of that course. That's all that matters. Let yourself enjoy your success.
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