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Professor, why did I get a C?
Lee Han-na  |  hanna3545@hanmail.net
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Have you ever sent an email to a professor asking for a grade correction? I believe this is what most university students do right after the end of a semester. Some students even make up a story in order to get a better grade. As a matter of fact, the grade correction system is supposed to contribute to fairness in grading. However, the system often earns the reputation of being a malfunctioning system in that the changes of grades do not have a standardized system and or a clear foundation. How do you think about the current credit correction system? Do you think the current system is just fine or does it need to be fixed? If the system needs some improvements, what exactly can be done to improve the system?

Here are a few comments on the subject:

ID : Saigon

I noticed that some schools let students to view every single item that was up for evaluation such as mid-term grades, final-term grades, task grades, attendance, and don’t just show credit in a letter when a student finds out his grade. If the credit correction system would change in this way, unnecessary processes of checking one’s grade repeatedly will be largely reduced. It will eventually be a better solution for both students and professors.

ID : Bug-king as all

I believe a standardized and transparent system is needed. Also, there needs to be immediate feedback on one’s grade. Hence, I believe posting a document of attendance, task grade, mid-term grade, final-term grade ‘in real time’. Then, a student would acknowledge what was lacking, and would not feel any unacceptable feelings for his or her grades. The current system is run after the semester is over. That kind of system triggers students to merely beg professors to raise their grade, and professors have to say “no” to that request. Therefore, how students think of a professor who gave him or her a low grade becomes unpleasant. Eventually both students and professors might get their feelings hurt. Being able to check the result of one’s efforts in real time can elevate the focus for study.

ID :Simsim

I think it is strange that a university cannot manage to run the system concerning one’s grade better than a junior high and high school. In middle and high school, the grade checking system is highly transparent in that students can check their grades for every single evaluation item and also on OMR cards and test papers. In my personal opinion, giving the test papers back to students is better than just posting the grade. Let some students who are curious of their position in the class to be informed of the information.

ID : Sleepy

In my case, I managed to raise my grade by 30 points out of 100 after rechecking the mid-term grades of two major subjects, which were wrong because of simple marking error. But I later found out that the change of raising the mid-term grade was not reflected in the total grade after the semester was over. This was my first experience. Frankly, we cannot be expected find every professor to check if all those subjects’ marks were without error. So I found that when some professors post the answer and give the test papers back it’s desirable.

ID :Bulbasaur

I firmly think that the mid-term grade and the final-term grade should be open to students, without a doubt.

ID :Bboki Sister

I took a deep interest in this issue recently. I am glad that the Chung-Ang herald is discussing this issue. I think the system that enables students to easily check his or her mid-term grade, final-term grade, task grade, is good so that students can accept the reason behind that grade. If students are doubtful about the results of their grades, they should be guaranteed the right to check the original test paper, and thus they would not have any doubt in relation to their grade.

ID :bababa

There always has been some difficulties for both students and professors when correcting one’s grade. Some students could not help feeling awkward when asking for a correction even when they are fully guaranteed the right to do so. Students used to just gloss over problems because of that. It is also important to correct the grade later, however, I believe that the way the credit is being posted should be more detailed and it is also necessary to inform students of a change of grade. Then students would not have any unpleasant feelings toward their grade.

Most arguments of Chung-Ang University students were almost the same: There needs to be more detailed information on each evaluation items when posting grades and posting a total grade in alphabet only is not enough. This supplementary propose to the current grading system does have a point. It is definitely expected to reduce the doubts of students on their grades by getting them acknowledge the clear reasons behind the grade, as some students pointed out. Facing these students’ voices calling for the transparent, and detailed post of grades, it seems like this propose of posting every grade of each evaluation items with the total grade can be one desirable answer now. 

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