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1 Faculty Flunks Fractionated Grading System Editor’s note: With grades for the fall semester still fresh in the minds of most students here, we feel this is quite an appro priate time to investigate new ideas regarding marks which are being sounded out in other institutions of higher learning around the coun try. ELLENSBURG, WASH, -(1. P.)- Expressing regret that the Central Washington State College faculty turned down the proposed fraction ated grading system, Dr. Maurice Pettit, professor of education and psychology, said “the faculty’s first responsibility is to the stu dents, and the fractionated scale is one way of fulfilling that re sponsibility.’’ The title of the study done by Dr. Pettit and Dr, Jack Crawford, associate professor of psychology, is “Some Effects of a Refined Grading Scale.’’ These two men spent four years compiling infor mation for this study. Recently the U. S. Office of Educaticai sent their approval of the study to Drs. Pettit and Crawford. The fractionated scale, in Dr. Pettit’s opinion, is a more pre cise measurement of student achi evement than the present scale of A-B-C-D-E. A check of classes taken for the report found that “only one out of three students receive the benefit of the doubt when they are on the border line between grades under the present system,’’ according to Dr. Pettit. Dr, Pettit says that there is an error in grading when a stu dent is given a ‘C’ grade when he just-missed a ‘B’ grade by a point or two. “Rounding these errors is what we are doing with this new scale,’’ he continued, pointing out that the student who just missed the ‘B’ grade would receive his 2.8 or 2.9 and not just a straight ‘C’ grade. Asked why he thought the faculty voted against the new scale (114 to 77) Dr. Pettit was not sure but he did say that “fifty-one new faculty members voted cm this issue who never had any associa tion with the study conducted BY FRANK CATON Have you ever listened to a joke or a supposedly funny story and everyone laughed except you? Does it happen very often? It’s pos sible , but not very probable, the other peopic are laughing just to be polite or to hide the fact that they didn’t get it either. I’ve studied this situation, and I believe I can shed some light on it. One reason you often find yourself left out when a joke is told is that the person telling the joke simpiy cannot tell jokes. This person sometimes warns you of this fact, and, naturally, you feel obligated to laugh whether it’s a funny story or not. These people ruin thousands of jokes every year. My advice to these people is: Tell the joke to someone who known how to tell jokes. Get him, or her, dress it up, organize it, and teU it to your friends. Everyone will enjoy it more. Remember, the one thing worse than a oad joke is a good joke told badly. The seconu, and most important reason some people don’t laugh at jokes is that they have a low H.Q.—Humor Quotient. Perhaps you’ve never wondered if the reason jokes sometimes leave you cold is that you lack an aptitude for humor. Wonder no Icmger. Mcxlern science has the answer. You may not determine youH.Q. simply by taking Caton’s Humor Aptitude Test. In compiling this test, I pored through dozens of monologues and comedy skits collected over the past ten years. From these live performances by famous and upcoming comedians, I have selected jokes and gags that drew various reactions from the audiences. On the basis of these reactions, you can compare yourself with a large cross section of the nation’s humor aptitudes. INSTRUCTIONS: Read the jokes and note your reaction according t o the following guide: 1. No reaction, 2. Chuckle, 3. Giggle, 4. Guffaw. Compare your reactions with the correct reactions given at the end of the test. 1. When Steve Allen was a kid his parents took him to the zoo, and the guard s would bawl him out for feeding the squirrels. He was feeding them to the Polar Bears. 2. And now here’s a final score from the Texas-William and Mary game. Texas 12, William 7, and Mary 6. 3. Speaking of Texas, now there’s a place where you can go the fartherest and see nothing, have more sunshine and less shade, and see muie rivers with less water, more cows that give less milk, and 4. The only trouble with the South is that they talk so slow down there. If you ask a southerner what he thinks of a yankee, by the time he gets through telling you, you’ve been there so long that you agree with him. 5. My wife did an amazing thing the other day. She bcked the car out of the garage. The amazing part of it is that I backed it in the night before. 6. We live in a sick world today. We’re surrounded by neurotics, psychotic s, and psychiatrists. Do you know the difference? A nuerotic builds castles in the air. The psychotic lives in them. The psychiatrist collects the rent from the other two. 7. I had an uncle once who vras completely bald, but he overcame it. 8. The largest country in the world is Cuba. Their capital is in Havana, their government is in Russia, and all their people are in the United States. 9. There are thousands of beautiful girls like Anita Ekberg, in Sweden. It’s no wonder the Swedes have never sent up a satteUte; they’re having too much fun on the ground. 10. When you can remain calm while those about you are climbing the walls, perhaps you don’t realize the seriousness of the situation. ANSWERS: 1. Jack E. Leonard, chuckle. 2. Steve Allen, giggle. 3. Prof. Backwards, giggle. 4. Red Skelton, giggle. 5. Pat Henry, guffaw. 6. Alien King, chuckle. 7. Yul Bryner, no reaction. 8. Martin and Rossi, guffaw. 9. Bob Hope, guffaw. 10 Brother Dave Gardner, chuckle. A score of 20 on this test indicates an average H.Q. A score of 24 or higher shows you to have a superior aptitude for humor. Anyone scoring 28 or higher will laugh at anything, and I strongly urge you to read my column regularly—preferably near large groups of people. here.’’ Dr. Pettit cited a number of research figures in favor of the new scale. He said that “74 per cent of instructors’ grade at CWSC had a higher correlation to pre dicted grades for college on the new scale than on the old scale. Twenty - eight of thirty - two departments at Central hadahigh er correlation on the new scale and only three had a higher corr elation Ml the old scale. One de partment came out.. the same on both scales.’’ Citing several reasons why CWSC should not adopt the frac tionated grading system. Dr. Floyd Rodine, professor of history, said the new scale would lead to mach ine graded, objective examina tion. He also said that more ex tensive use of the objective exam vill result in a poor qualiti' ed- jcation. I think the addition of plus and minus to grades would would give us sufficient variation tor those that want change. Dr, Rodine said. Another point made was that the difficult scheme of grading might veil make recruitment of top fac ulty more impossible than ever. Pressure would come to bear on instructors if they have to use the new scale, he said. “The ten point fractionated scale would really be chaotic. How can an in structor defend a 2.3 grade rather than a 2.4 grade (1-10 of a point) when it means leaving or staying in school?’’ Dr. Rodine questioned. “How do you evaluate aU our transfer students (we will soon have 1000 or more each year)? Are their ‘C’ grades 2.4 or 1.6? How about our students trans ferring elsewhere?’’ Pass-Fall System Instituted At Trinity College Now Low HQ People Are Often Joke Ruiners HARTFORD, CONN. - (I. P.) - Trinity CoUege has instituted a pass-fail system. The proposal, as approved by the faculty in the following form, states: “At registration a junior or sen ior may elect as part of regular full time program one - half or one full course, not offered or required by his major department and not fulfilling one of his basic requirements, in which he may request to be graded with either ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’. This election, having once been made, may not subsequently be changed. “Full credit will be granted for a course which has been graded as ‘Pass.’ No credit wUl be grant ed for a course graded as ‘FaU’, and ‘Fail’ will have the same ef fects upon academic standings as the regular grade of ‘F’. “In the determination of aver ages, rank, etc, ‘Pass’ will have no quality point value, and such determination will be based upon the regular letter grades re ceived.” An amendment to the proposal placed the “Pass-Fail” option on a two-year trial basis with a re view at the end of that time. Trinity this year has also in stituted changes in the time and scheduling of semester examina tions and comprehensives. setting of a deadline on all theses and long-term papers. Dean of Students Roy Heath, a nember of the committee that re commended that the changes be adopted, stated that the seniors’ comprehensives were setata later date than in the past to place them as “the climax of the student’s academic experience at the Col lege.” The addition of a due date for papers, he explained, was an ex pression of the teachers’ concern that students have a maximum a- mount of time to prepare for their examinations. The shortening of the exam period, he continued, came as a solution to the problem caused by moving up of gradua tion from the second to the first Sunday in June. These changes have resulted ir mixed campus reaction. James A. Notopoulos, professor of class ics, was “non-commital” overthe issue of the shortening of tlie exam period. He stated, however, that one of the effects of the change would be more hourly exams. Beloit Students Drop Low Grades The new plan schedules three two-hour exams per day over a seven day period, and changes the comprehensive exams for seniors to the end of the Trinity term. It also includes the exemption of seniors from final exams at the end of their last term, and the BELOIT, WIS. — (LP.) - The letters D and F, least popular members of the academic alphabet, have a less ominous meaning for students under a new grading and probation ... policies plan adopted at Beloit College. The new regu lations allow students to: (1) study their first year without fear . being placed on academic proba tion; (2) drop the two lowest grades from the total grades earned in figuring a cumulative grade point average, according to Dean iVilliam L. Kolb. of In explaining how the plan af fects a new student. Dean Kolb: “If a student earns eight B’s, two C’s, one D and one F in his first year he may drop the D and F in figuring a cumulative jrade point average. The effect will, of course, be much greater at this time than at the end of his undergraduate career when he has 30 or more courses to his credit, and may still drop only the two lowest grades from the total earned.” Under Beloit’s graduation re quirements a student must pass 30 courses and have a “C” aver age or better in his major field and in the final two terms. He must maintain a “C” average aver all four terms discounting his two lowest grades. The adjusted cumulative grade point is counted only at Beloit. All grades, in cluding the two lowest ones, are entered on the transcript which is sent to any graduate school to which the student may apply. Forum Topic Is Announced Persons or groups with announ cements for this column should submit them to Sally Hagood at the Union Information Desk. 3^: >)c ^ ^ ^^ on the tennis team this spring. Mrs. Edyth F. Winningham, chairman of the University Forum Council, has announced the topic of this year’s March 2 Forum is “The Urban University and the Arts.” This year’s forum will pro vide for seminar type discussions at which those attending can voice their opinions and concern. Forum speakers include Douglas Reid Sasser, president of Young Harris College; Richard Gilman, drama critic of Newsweek mag azine; Dr. Robert \V. Corrigan, dean of New York University’s School of Arts; Prof. Norman Dello Joio, Policy Committee Chairman of the Ford Foundation’s Con temporary music project; and James Johnson Sweeny, Director of the Museum of Art in Houston, Texas. Male students interested in running on the track team this spring have been asked by Coach Steele to see him in his Union office as soon as possible. High jumpers and broad jumpers are especially needed. companies to be represented and the dates on which they will be here, students should see Miss English. . ****** *************** Mr. Gary Peterson, new coach of the tennis team, has announced that a meeting will be held to day at 11:30 in the Union for all students interested in a position For consideration by the Awards Committees of the North Carolina Perspective Teachers Scholarship Loan Fund applications must be submitted not later than March 1. .\nd resident of North Carolina who is interested in preparing to teach in the public schools of the ■State is eligible to apply. Approx imately 500 scholarship loans are awarded each year. Those Interested should see Dean MacKay. * ** ** **********.*** Representatives from many area companies will be on campus be ginning February 8 to interview perspective graduate for jobs. AU interviews will be held by appoint ments made through Mrs. Davis or Miss English in room 112 of the Administration Building. For a calendar indicating the Bill Roberson, missionary to Vietnam, will speak to the Baptist Student Union on February 8, at 11:30 a. m. in room U233. His topic is “The People and Pro blems of Vietnam.” Dr. Nish Jamgotch, chairman of the Political Science Department, will lead an open discussion on Vietnam at the BSU on February 22. A BSU paper drive is schedul ed for the near future to raise funds for its mission project. **#****.::## :^! .it An attendant is needed for the University Health Service to work hours from 5 to 9 p. m. Monday through Thursday and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Students with Red Cross first aid certi ficates will be given preference, but other students may apply and obtain this training later. Appli cations for the job should be sub mitted to Mr. Mark Tinkham in the Student Affairs office.