Questioner: Pali Sen
Posted to: Jeffrey Coker, Undergraduate Dean Office of the Undergraduate Studies
Currently the success rate of a class is calculated as the number of students who passed it with C or higher after the add/drop date. The calculation includes the students who withdrew from the class within the University approved withdrawal deadlines. Why should students who withdraw from a class because they were unprepared for the class, they changed jobs, they changed majors, etc. be part of a calculation that measures student success? Since students are permitted to withdraw from classes why should their decision to do so be viewed as a lack of success on their part?
Written Response from Dr. Jeffrey Coker, Undergraduate Dean, Office of the Undergraduate Studies:
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 8:30 PM
From: Coker, Jeffrey W
To: Faculty Association
Cc: Plumlee, Patrick
Subject: RE: Reminder: FA question from November 3rd
My apologies for the lag in responding to this question. I was waiting to find out some addition information with respect to the background of one part of the question. The response to the question is below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
UNF will continue to calculate pass rates for general education courses as they are calculated with all other courses: a grade of D or higher is considered passing. While a grade of C is required to satisfy particular core requirements, the university grants credit for grades of D or higher in all coursework. Therefore, a D is not considered a failing grade from the standpoint of the university, even though it indeed may not meet the general education requirement for graduation.
As for Withdrawals and the pass rate: The Faculty Association, in 1984, voted for the current WP/WF policy. The policy was reviewed in 2000, and the FA voted in affirmation of the policy and to count a WF as a failing grade. Certainly, interventions to improve the rate of withdrawals, both prior to enrollment and during a course, are worthy of consideration. The excellent work taking place in the Math Department in providing enhanced academic support for students in challenging gateway courses is to be applauded and indeed will contribute to improved performance.