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Letter grades don't appear to be important building blocks
for an architect in the minds of many UNL Department of
Architecture students and faculty, according to a survey
conducted by Ken Wiseman and Jim Schriner, students in the
Nearly 30 per cent of 307 persons who responded to a
questionnaire said they believe that required architecture
classes and other electives should be graded on a pass-fail basis.
Forty per cent favored retaining the student's option of a
grade or passfail, the survey showed.
Only 18.5 per cent of the respondents said they believe
classes should be graded solely on letter basis while 12.3 per
cent said that the instructor should decide grading procedures.
Nearly 57 per cent of the persons questioned said they
believe that grades should be emphasized less for advancement
in the department of architecture, upper-level design courses
or admission to graduate school and special architectural
Another 40.6 per cent said they favor retention of the
present emphasis on grades while 8.8 per cent endorsed
"The most important thing that the survey shows is that
students disagree with the grading system at UNL but are
divided on what should take its place," according to Wiseman,
a student member of the Department of Architecture Faculty
The students with high and low grade point averages
favored retention of the present system while people between
these extremes favored a change, Wiseman said.
"The survey also indicates that students and faculty believe
that the number of electives that a student can take passfail
should be increased," Wiseman said.
'This whole survey demonstrates one of two things; either
students are dissatisfied with the UNL grading system or the
Department of Architecture is a den of radicalism," Wiseman
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