From the President’s Desk – Blog #5

By now most of you have probably heard that Drake’s Faculty Senate is considering switching to a plus/minus grading system. Here is some brief information to frame the issue.

Plus/Minus defined: A plus/minus system would assign a (+) or (-) to grades in order to more accurately describe a student’s achievement in a class. While grading scales are up the digression of each individual professor, a typical scale awards these numerical values: A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3, B – = 2.7, C+ = 2.3, C = 3, etc. With Drake’s current policy, professors could choose to opt in or opt out of this system.

Here is a link Drake Faculty have put together to further inform the campus:

A plus/minus grading scale is known to hurt students who are earning very high GPAs and help student who are earning average GPAs. A survey went out to Faculty last semester with about 75 % in favor of exploring the idea.  A survey written by the Faculty will go out to the student body during the month of October.

If you are passionate about this issue please, please, please attend the Open Forum this Wednesday, Oct, 10th from 5 – 6 pm in room 201 in Cowles Library. There will be food, as well as Faculty members to hear students’ opinions about this issue.

Whether you are in favor or against this issue, it is extremely important to have students attend this event. It is a chance for us to use our student voices to influence university-wide decisions. If you are unable to attend, feel free to email me with your ideas/issues/concerns to

I look forward to seeing you this Wednesday at 5pm. As always let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance to you!