2007-08-16

UGA grades online

The University of Georgia for years has made grade information available to show how professors grade students section by section in a series of documents called "The Key." Now three students are consolidating this information into a single independent website they have just launched, UGAKey.com. It currently contains grade distributions from 1999 through this past spring. The developers of this site plan to eventually add a course evaluation system and collection of syllabi.

Controversy arose in the spring of last year when the university administration considered removing the names of instructors from The Key, but apparently it was convinced otherwise. The idea was that it is bad to enable students to shop around for better grades. However, since there is no university-wide set of grading standards and many departments lack such standards, I say it is only fair to disclose the wide grading disparities between instructors.

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