New Midterm Grading Policy Initiated to Help Students Succeed

Posted: October 9, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

In an effort to help first-year students be more successful, Provost Peter Stearns, in conjunction with the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee, has initiated a new policy this fall that requires faculty to report midterm grades on all 100- and 200-level classes. The grades are due in the Registrar’s Office by Oct. 22.

Stearns says that this is a common policy for universities, and he was surprised to find that George Mason did not have one in place. “The policy is a good one,” he says, and serves as an early warning mechanism for students, helping them to assess their performance and motivate them to seek assistance before it is too late in the semester.

Due to the timing of the policy announcement, which was distributed just prior to the fall semester, Stearns agreed not to follow up with faculty members who don’t turn in their midterm grades this semester; however, all faculty members are expected to report midterm grades next semester. Students will be notified that they can view their midterm grades online at WebGMU, and the grades will not appear on transcripts or affect GPAs.

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