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  • Now is the Time to Kill the Grading Curve

    Now is the Time to Kill the Grading Curve

    By David Laude, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management
    Published: June 23

    The underlying reason why many students do not graduate: the grading curve. It is the venerable measure that instructors use to separate the best students from the worst and it is time we get rid of it.

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      travis said on June 24 at 6:04 p.m.
      It's this simple. The disadvantaged students are not prepared to attend a top-tier university. They haven't faced the academic rigors you find at the best high schools. They haven't competed against other top math and science students. And, they don't have the near the same SAT/ACT scores of those students. You have set them up to fail in the name of correcting some historic injustice. They would be much better off at Texas State or Tech where they have a chance to succeed. And, until that is understood they will continue to fail out at a much higher rate. They just are not able to compete against kids that outscored them on the SAT's by several hundred points.
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      Chloe Midia said on June 24 at 8:43 a.m.
      Really? Dumb is dumb and smart is smart--get over it. Only hard work overcomes disadvantage. Work hard, win. Rely on pity and social activists, fail.
  • Hands On and Horns Up: Research is Key to Academic Success
    Hands On and Horns Up: Research is Key to Academic Success
    Maggie Gunn made an unexpected discovery at The University of Texas at Austin. “You...
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