“We’re in very untested waters, and we’re not testing the waters before we jump in,” said Student Body Vice President Kyle Villemain. “There’s been limited student involvement. There’s been limited student feedback.”
Contextualized grading aims to combat three concerns: grade inflation, grade compression and systematic grading inequality.
Transcripts will include the median grade of the course, the percentile ranking of the student compared to others in the class and a schedule point average — an average of the median grades for the classes the student is enrolled in.
“What we’re seeking to do with contextualized grading is at least provide some transparency so readers of transcripts can understand how those particular grades fit into a bigger context,” said professor of sociology Andrew Perrin.