Just Give Them What They Deserve. Right?
Few things seem to trouble new adjuncts more than developing their grading policy. As dean I am sometimes asked things like how many tests to give and whether extra credit is appropriate. If your college is like mine, you have a lot of latitude. However, this can turn into a lot of rope for you to put around your own neck. Grades, you see, are the number one thing students complain about. (No, I don’t have data to support that claim, but it certainly seems that way to me.) In future postings I will provide some guidelines that I think work well. I may lead off with a horror story about the former adjunct who awarded 15 percent of the students grade based and class participation and … Wait, can’t ruin that story. 🙂
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.