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Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« on: May 29, 2008, 07:41:22 PM »
Overheard: email sent to SLS students. Sorry if this has already been posted.

Dear All:

Yesterday afternoon, the faculty voted to adopt a grade reform proposal which will change our grading system to an honors, pass, restricted credit, no credit system for all semesters/quarters.  The new system includes a shared norm for the proportion of honors to be awarded in both exam and paper courses.  No grading system is perfect, but the consensus is that the reform will have significant pedagogical benefits, including that it encourages greater flexibility and innovation in the classroom and in designing metrics for evaluating student work.

As you may know, we spent all year studying the issue and discussing the likely advantages for recruiting students, placing our graduates in practice and clerkships, reducing the disparity between on-mean and off-mean courses, and, above all, enhancing the intellectual environment of the law school.  I am extremely grateful for the student input we received, not only from the student liaison committee but from countless others who wrote emails, met with faculty, and spoke with me directly.  We benefited immensely from your contributions.

Yesterday, the faculty agreed only on the basic proposal.  We have not yet voted on the timing of our transition to the new system or a number of other details.  For now, then, the decision does not and should not affect your course planning or anything else.  We are working to settle the transition questions as quickly as possible and will inform you as soon as they have been resolved.

Best,

Larry

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2008, 01:23:06 AM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2008, 12:25:28 PM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

So, you didn't want to before? Pretty sure I would take Stanford any day.

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2008, 04:29:37 PM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

My son turned SLS down and went to HLS, just graduated cum laude, got a great biglaw job, made great friends and had a great three years.  He just wasn't a Ca. person.

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008, 01:00:42 PM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

So, you didn't want to before? Pretty sure I would take Stanford any day.

I second that!
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008, 02:07:42 PM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

My son turned SLS down and went to HLS, just graduated cum laude, got a great biglaw job, made great friends and had a great three years.  He just wasn't a Ca. person.

Are we supposed to be surprised here? No one cares about your son. Go get a life.

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008, 05:02:09 PM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

My son turned SLS down and went to HLS, just graduated cum laude, got a great biglaw job, made great friends and had a great three years.  He just wasn't a Ca. person.

Are we supposed to be surprised here? No one cares about your son. Go get a life.

wow iceman.  that was kind of mean.  your kind of a jerk!

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008, 07:42:44 PM »
Oh man, I wanna transfer to Stanford now!

My son turned SLS down and went to HLS, just graduated cum laude, got a great biglaw job, made great friends and had a great three years.  He just wasn't a Ca. person.

Are we supposed to be surprised here? No one cares about your son. Go get a life.

wow iceman.  that was kind of mean.  your kind of a jerk!

mean? whatever...i was just responding in kind to mr. "my son is too good for stanford." i'm all for being proud of your children for their accomplishments, but saying something like that, which let's be honest wasn't exactly relative to the discussion, is asking for it.

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2008, 08:07:50 PM »
We'll improve our school by switching our letter-grade system to honors, pass, restricted credit, and no credit.  Then we'll improve it even more by assigning letters to each level: A for honors, B and C for pass, D for restricted credit, and F for no credit.

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Re: Stanford to Eliminate Grades
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2008, 07:23:54 PM »
We'll improve our school by switching our letter-grade system to honors, pass, restricted credit, and no credit.  Then we'll improve it even more by assigning letters to each level: A for honors, B and C for pass, D for restricted credit, and F for no credit.

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