UofL Academic Units, Undergraduate Council, and Faculty Senate: Allow the A+ to warrant 4.3 quality points to student GPAs.
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* Student Discontent: Cardinal Quote in 2005: “When the University of Louisville faculty adopted the plus/minus grading system in 2002, students didn’t welcome it with open arms. Three years later, it is still an issue among both students and faculty.” Furthermore, the issue is still widely discussed in 2013.
* Implemented by Faculty: “In 2002, UofL adopted the plus/minus system after a proposal from the College of Arts and Sciences was taken to the faculty and individually adopted by each college.”
* The current scale includes an "A+" but with no designation in quality point value between an "A+" and an "A." An "A-," however, has a lower quality point value than an "A."
SGA’s attempt to implement the “A+ Initiative” in 2010, which would have attributed 4.3 quality points to the A+, failed in one college following passage in the Faculty Senate and all other academic units;
University of Louisville students are still aware and supportive of SGA’s efforts to advocate for a more fair quality point allocation in the grade scale, particularly in the A range;
The current Academic Vice President and Academic Policy Board have been discussing and researching viable reforms to the current quality point allocation to letter grades, including the possibility of getting rid of plus/minus altogether, attributing 4.0 quality points to the A-, and attributing 4.3 quality points to the A+;
UofL faculty who opposed the “A+ Initiative” in 2010 cited grade inflation as a top issue of concern with the proposal;
Data collected from UofL’s Institutional Research and Planning reveals that the first two “possibilities” mentioned above would indeed cause grade inflation for over one thousand students each semester in terms of their movement into a GPA category 0.25 points higher than their current placement, but the third possibility (4.3 quality points allocated to the A+) reduces this number of students by more than half according to university-wide totals;
Therefore Be It Hereby Resolved,
The SGA Academic Vice President asks that the SGA reclaim its commitment to the 2010 “A+ Initiative,” with attention to new data proving the importance of this option in simultaneously addressing student frustration and faculty concerns.
Be It Further Resolved,
That the SGA Senate recommends that upon implementation of the A+ equivalent to a 4.3 quality point value that a 4.0 overall cumulative cap also be implemented, as to remain in compliance with many graduate school admissions criteria.
Be It Further Resolved,
That the Office of the Academic Vice President actively engage students as the SGA advocates for this change in quality point allocation through means including but not limited to CardCast, Executive Reports, regular reports to the SGA Senate and Academic Policy Board, a petition, and social media outlets.
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