On April 13, 2011, the UO Senate passed the following motion:
Motion 11a: Discipline-specific rationales of grading standards. The University Senate moves to make discipline-specific rationales for grading standards publicly available. By the end of Fall 2011, each department and undergraduate program shall have formulated a rationale for its grading practices and posted this on its official website. Such rationales should articulate the general standards of academic achievement in a given discipline and not be formulated in a way that binds individual instructors. Departments should devote specific attention to A+ grades in their posted rationales. They should also discuss the degree to which grade inflation threatens to compromise their evaluation practices and, if appropriate, develop discipline-specific ways to address this problem. The Undergraduate Council will make these rationales easily accessible online and encourage conversations among different departments and programs as they formulate their rationales.
For further information, refer to the background documents, particularly the feedback and responses in the Undergraduate Council's Report on Grade Culture (June 3, 2010). The responses to this motion start midway through page 7.
DEPARTMENTS: When your rationale for grading practices is posted to your departmental website, forward the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. These documents will be linked below as they are received. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact the Undergraduate Council via the same e-mail address.