The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 13, 1975 Page: 2 of 8
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Contract grading may solve old problem
, , Educators and students alike have of late
been highly critical of the process by which a
student is evaluated, namely the grading
system. Some have called for abolition of the
present letter grade systen and wish to replace
it with a fail/pass systen. .Others have come
forward with grade contract systems which
guarantee grades for required work.
Grades have long ;been a subject of
controversy, especially among students.
However, educators, psychologists, and
administrators have only recently begun
seriously to discuss new methods .for. .
evaluating a student's knowledge of a subject.
Th,is questioning has been caused by
findings and experiences which have shown
that, under the present grading system,
students tend to emphasize making grades and
not learning material in a course. One noted
professor lately asked a student what he got
out. of a certain course and the student
replied, "Oh, I got a B."
The grade point averages of students
throughout the nation's colleges and
universities has been rising in the past few
■ years. This has caused anxiety, too. Many fear
that the grading systen is becoming
meaningless because students have caught on
to the technique of making grades and are
thus destroying the value of superior marks.
Many educators argue against changing
from the old ABCDF system because they
feel it would lessen the competition and
initiative of the students. Conversely, a
number of professors and educational workers
point out tliat the best students are those
motivated by interest in the subject they are
studying. Perhaps the .answer lies in a
combination of grades and individual
The contract system, if used properly; can
indeed be a more successful means of
evaluating students and insuring that they
know what they are studying. This system
provides a student with the knowledge that he
will receive the grade he desires if he can
perform the required work.
For example, to get a "D" a student would
have to do a minimum amount of work, such
as reading texts, completing homework,
attending a certain number of lectures, and
making a certain percentage score on tests. In
this system, the student would know why he
made the grade and could always opt to make
a better grade or to stop with that grade and
do something else for the rest of the semester.
Each grade above a"D" would Require
proportionately more work and study, as well
as a better percentage score on tests. In order
to make an "A", a maximum amount of
student effort would be required and special
outside projects to challenge the student
would be added.
This system, is, qf course, the hard way. It
demands more • work on behalf of both
student and instructor. Yet, compared to the
present system of arbitrary tests which
emphasize, the ability of students to guess at
t what their instructors will want them to
know, and then cram before tests, it is a much
> better way,
-Several professors are already using this
: procedure and have had surprising results.
..Contrary to the belief that such courses
would be easier, in one particular case, at the
University of Michigan, many students found
it no less difficult to make an "A". It indeed
seemed harder, because they found that token
work on assignments and tests did not give
them their desired grade.
At a time when professors are bemoaning
the new liberal attitudes toward grading, and
businessmen are no longer impressed by the
high grades of graduates, the contract system
may just be a viable solution to the ,old
problem of grades.
Lack of reaction
Poor level of campus interest seen
The lack of student reaction to a speech made by the
student body president, Jim Hatchett, last week is
appalling. It is amazing.that so few comments have
. emerged regarding his speech either pro or con. For
those of you who don't feel you have anything to be
upset about, a few things should be explained.
First of all, Hatchett said, "while our student senate
involves itself with problems directly related to the
betterment of our campus..., our counterparts, are
concerned with things like equal rights, human injustices,
The most important function of any form of student
government is to ensure equal rights for the students and
to protect them from human injustices brought about by
any outside or inside campus organizations. Any student
senate which does not perform this function is not
worthy of the name.
Hatchett also said, "we are really lucky at Tarleton to
have an open and uninterrupted line of communication
between our student. body and administration. The
student body at A&M has very little communication with
their administrators and are more regulated by them..."
We may indeed have a better line of communications
with our administration than do the students at A&M,
but that by no means implies that we are more successful
in getting student goals realized. More often than not, we
are listened to and then ignored, or somebody tells us
that there is nothing they can do about it.
The one portion of the speech made by Jim Hatchett
vhich was fully accurate involved the amount ot money
spent on buildings at A&M as compared to Tarleton.
They' do indeed spend more and we are given the
minimum amount. However, little was said in the speech
as to why this inequity occurs.
If the lines of communication between the
administration are so open, why don't we hear about it
when A&M turns down our requests for more money?
Could it be that somebody isn't asking very firmly, or at
Furthermore, how. is the student senate going to
inform the board better on what our needs are than a
fully informed and actively aggressive administration
official? The answer is beyond me, but no doubt since we
do have such good communications with our
administration, according to Hatchett, it would seem
unnecessary to pursue the matter any further.
These are just a few, of the things which should have
raised questions in the minds of.TSU students while they
were reading the speech wKSich was printed on this page
last week. Perhaps you should read it again and think
about it. :
SWTSU to hokt LSC meet
Southwest Texas State ' be held during the meet.
University will host the 42ndI Competition will start with
Lone Star Conference Spring. tennis on Sunday, April 27, and
Meet, April 27-30, in San tylareos. • end with the final holes of golf on
Conference titles 'will beWednesday, April 30.
determined in golf, tennis, and
track and field during the
four-day meet. The annual LSC,
spring business meeting will alsor
The _ TS.U Rodeo Club is
sponsoring a costume party and
dance Tuesday night from 7:30 to
11 at the pavillion next to the
Sheriffs Posse Arena on the lower
Admission is $ 1. Prizes will be
awarded to the three best dressed
There will be refreshments,
sold by the TSU Rodeo Club Drill
Team. Proceeds from refreshment
sales will be used to help pay for
the Drill Team's equipment.
Both country and western and
rock music will be played at the,
Ikey Akers, a junior from
Clyde and club president, said,
"This dance is not just, for the
rodeo club, everybody is invited."
Two scholarships are available
to active members of Alpha Zeta,
a national agriculture honor
society-thc Alpha Zeta Alumni
Scholarship and the National
Alpha Zeta Foundation
The J-TAC story of Feb. 6
telling about the academic grants
inadvertently omitted the first
' two words of the story telling
how many scholarships are being
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