From: Coker, Jeffrey W
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 8:30 PM
To: Faculty Association
Cc: Plumlee, Patrick
Subject: RE: Reminder: FA question from November 3rd
My apologies for the lag in responding to this question. I was waiting to find out some addition information with respect to the background of one part of the question. The response to the question is below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
UNF will continue to calculate pass rates for general education courses as they are calculated with all other courses: a grade of D or higher is considered passing. While a grade of C is required to satisfy particular core requirements, the university grants credit for grades of D or higher in all coursework. Therefore, a D is not considered a failing grade from the standpoint of the university, even though it indeed may not meet the general education requirement for graduation.
As for Withdrawals and the pass rate: The Faculty Association, in 1984, voted for the current WP/WF policy. The policy was reviewed in 2000, and the FA voted in affirmation of the policy and to count a WF as a failing grade. Certainly, interventions to improve the rate of withdrawals, both prior to enrollment and during a course, are worthy of consideration. The excellent work taking place in the Math Department in providing enhanced academic support for students in challenging gateway courses is to be applauded and indeed will contribute to improved performance