Middle Georgia Technical College: Correct Your Inaccurate Grading Policy
  • Petitioned DeAnn Nester

This petition was delivered to:

Dean | Department: General Education and Personal Services
DeAnn Nester
Director of HR | Student Affairs Official
Linda Hampton
Acting President
Jeff Scruggs
Central Georgia Technical College
Middle Georgia Technical College
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission On Colleges
Commissioner - Technical College System of Central GA
Ron Jackson
Executive Director, Student Affairs - Technical College System of Central GA
Dr. Nicole Kennedy
Georgia Governor
Georgia State Senate
Georgia State House

Middle Georgia Technical College: Correct Your Inaccurate Grading Policy

    1. James Holden
    2. Petition by

      James Holden

      Macon, GA, GA

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September 2013

Victory

James Holden: Although MGTC refused to change my grade... WE WON!! I was notified by Julia Floyd, a teacher at MGTC, that during a meeting discussing upcoming changes in this semester, many grading policies were changed with reference to my petition. Sad they would not publicly admit their wrong doing or change my grade... but at least I helped future students to come.

During the January through May semester and for several previous semesters, Middle Georgia Technical College has employed a standardized grading policy for several BUSN classes that is mathematically incorrect. This policy was not made by experts, the numbers have no logical basis, and the system in and of itself is flawed. I can prove that students are receiving lower grades than they have earned. I have contacted a world renowned education consultant who testified that this grading policy is "terrible and breaks all principles of quality assessment." His field of expertise... grading. You will find more detailed information on the policy's inaccuracies below.

Thus far (3/13/2013) I have met with every level of supervisor at Middle Georgia Technical College. This is to include the Department Chair (Michelle Boone), Division Chair (Lynn Whiddon), Dean of education (DeAnne Nester), and the HR Director of Student Affairs (Linda Hampton). All could be said to have agreed the policy is flawed and has no logical basis; however, they showed hesitance to change the policy because of the embarrassment to the school as well as the difficulty of changing a policy mid-semester. They have already stated this policy will be done away with completely for the upcoming semester. How does this serve justice to the current students? I had a 4.0 upon entering MGTC but thank to this class and the inaccurate measurement of my achievement I will lose that perfect GPA. Sign this petition to say it is NOT OK to allow the current students to suffer simply because that's the easier option. It is unethical and devalues teachers, schools, and the education system as a whole. My mother is an wonderful educator with a specialist degree (currently on sabbatical looking into her PhD). The actions of this school bring shame to her profession.

Grading expert Ken O'Connor has gone on the record on his own website to expose the school's inability to measure student achievement. He states that the policy is "terrible" and "absurd" and even suggests I contact a lawyer should the school not correct their error. He clearly feels passionately about their mistakes when he calls the school "gutless" for refusing to change the policy. He has dedicated the past few decades of his professional career writing text books and articles to help teachers understand the dos and don'ts of grading. Grades should be about your knowledge and skills, nothing more, he believes. Don't you agree?

As of now the grading policy is printed in the syllabus of several BUSN classes this semester and has been used for many past semesters. Some teachers have chosen not to use this policy even though it is the standard for document production type classes such as Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, etc. Maybe these teachers saw the flaws in it too. Under this policy there is a set point value to be deducted per mistake. Meaning even if you do 10 things correct worth 10pts each while doing 10 things incorrect worth 10pts each, you receive a zero. How is this logical? You correctly achieved half of the available objectives. Of 20 "parts, tasks, objectives, etc." you correctly did 50% while incorrectly doing 50%. Thus resulting in a percentage of 50% achievement. The policy at hand is not based on achievement. Simply put it has no logical numerical or percentile basis. Lazy teachers pick 5pts here 10pts here simply because they are nice round numbers - but they have no logical basis. If an assessment is only worth 100pts how can you have a potential of loosing 200pts? Theoretically you could receive a NEGATIVE 100.

As you can see this policy not only causes students to receive lower grades than they have earned but also to potentially fail even! What happens when a student fails a class? Sometimes they must repay their financial aid organization out of pocket. Often times the student retakes the class - paying a second time for tuition, fees, and books if they have changed. Middle Georgia Technical College knows they are wrong or they would not be changing over to a new policy this upcoming semester that is nothing like the current one. Currently they are in the process of a merger with Central Georgia Technical College. During a meeting with students from both schools only the ones from MGTC had anything to say about what needs to change. I strongly urge Central Georgia Technical College to consider the baggage it is about to bring on board by merging with Middle Georgia Technical College.

By signing this petition you are stating:
- I agree the grading policy being used is unfair and results in grades that do not accurately reflect student achievement
- Although Middle Georgia Tech has plans to change this policy it should be done immediately and retroactively
- I believe a committee needs to be formed to investigate students' grades in previous semesters to ensure that any grades given out under this policy are corrected

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 41NBC Doing an in-depth investigation!

      James Holden
      Petition Organizer

      How exciting! MGTC and CGTC have been giving the reporter from 41NBC the run around. He was shocked when I told him some details not listed in this petition. All to come in good time. If any current or former students would like to have their voices heard please contact me (478.973.4331) or call the 41NBC newsroom.

      The next matter of business is several of you have asked to see the actual syllabus. Of course! I have uploaded and linked an example of assignments being graded but I didn't think to give you the actual syllabus. So here it is!

      Here is the grading policy directly from the syllabus.
      http://tinypic.com/r/2it7ae/6

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. 30 Supporters Over Night! :)

      James Holden
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for your support. I loved Rachel's comment that "I can't believe its taken this long for someone to do something about it." Well Rachel I am that person. Everyone please share this petition with everyone you know. Text, email, facebook, etc. Here is a 'tinyurl' that can be texted easier than the full one...
      tinyurl.com/csfezxg

      Also for an actual graded assignment / proof of the policies inaccuracies check out this picture I've made. I explain why this assignment deserves an 80% but received the failing grade of 55!!
      http://i48.tinypic.com/sywb4g.jpg

    4. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ashley Zoltak MACON, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Makes no sense to receive no credit for correct work!

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    • Susan Simpson WARNER ROBINS, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I cannot believe our education system has gotten so big that it feels its okay to, pardon my language, screw over students with no reprocussion. Good luck young man!

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    • Megan Potter VIENNA, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I had an A in Comp 1000 and Document Production while taking them in the same semester. This is basically the same thing, so I don't understand why the grading system is so flawed. There is no reason I shouldn't have an A in this class. Moreover, upon completion of this class using the current grading system, I will lose my 4.0 as well.

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    • Liz Bateman WARNER ROBINS, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I would not stand for being graded incorrectly. Although I am not a student currently I do not believe that this grading system is accurate.

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    • alysha alverson KATHLEEN, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I attended MGTC and was affected by their inaccurate grading policy

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