SGA tables plus-minus grading system resolution

Sarah Stukenborg

The Student Government Association tabled a plus-minus grading system resolution at its last meeting.

This grading system would add plus and minus grades for high or low As, Bs, Cs and Ds.

The author of the resolution, Hannah Garland, who serves as SGA’s Academic Affairs committee chair, feels that the plus-minus system would not create a large lowering of grades, and it would just make student GPAs more exact.

“A lot of universities are starting to implement this policy,” Garland said. “In the long run, it might make us more competitive.”

SGA President Cory Dodds said the resolution is going to be brought up within the next few meetings.

Dodds said SGA will try to set up a formal presentation regarding the plus-minus grading system.

The executive board of SGA has discussed possibly adding the item to the spring ballot so the student body can vote on it directly, Dodds said.

“It’s a major decision that’s going to effect every student at WKU,” he said. Mac Mullins, public relations committee chair, opposed the resolution because he wanted a more formal proposal in order to learn more about the resolution, along with getting students’ feelings on it first.

“I would definitely like a chance to talk to more students,” Mullins said.

Most of the senate agreed with Mullins’ opinion, and they motioned to table the resolution.

Cain Alvey, administrative vice president, said he is not in favor of a change to a plus-minus system. “I don’t think that’s the best thing to do for our students right now,” he said.

Alvey said he isn’t sure which way the SGA senate would vote on the resolution, since they have already tabled it for now.

He also said the plus-minus grading system idea started being discussed in SGA’s Academic Affairs committee around the time the value-added grading system was proposed by Provost Gordon Emslie.

“It’s been in the works for a while, and now they’re bringing it up,” Alvey said. “First, they wanted to see how the value-added resolution went over.”

Alvey said he prefers the value-added grading system resolution over this one.

“It will hurt a lot more students than it will help,” Alvey said.

Keyana Boka, executive vice president of SGA, said the plus-minus grading system resolution will remain tabled until the author, Garland, puts forth more facts for the senate to evaluate.

“It’s just up to the senate when it gets brought back up,” Boka said.

Boka feels that it is tough for her to take a stance on the system because there hasn’t been enough information presented about it as of now.

“I have a very neutral stance, because I’m more interested in seeing how it turns out and the consensus that the senate reaches,” she said.