"Grading for this class is strictly on a points system. Grades in this class are EARNED not GIVEN. At the end of the semester, your point total will determine your grade. “Grade bumping” will not occur in this class as it is arbitrary and is unfair to students."I post this to serve as a reminder to students and as a jumping off point for discussion.
I do want to mention that I understand why a student feels justified in asking for a grade bump. I do think our current grading system is not perfect. Surely a student who earns an 89.5% is very close in ability and work to a student who earns a 90%, yet the grade point assigned to the former student is significantly lower than the latter.
This is why elsewhere (here and here) I have discussed the grading system and why I would like to see it changed (not that I think it will). In short, I think just going to a purely percentage based system would be best. Most classes are graded on a percentage system and then translated into a letter grade, which is then translated into a four point grading scale. Why all the translation. At the end of the class why not just give a student an 89.5 which then goes on their record and is averaged with their percentages in other classes. This would have several positive effects. First, the 89.5% student would no longer feel gypped knowing that their grade does not look significantly different than the 90% student. Also, it would allow other students to really shine. What about the 99% student who really works their rear end off, but in our current system they look just like the 90% student. Last, but certainly not least, it might curb the emails to professors at the end of the semester asking for a grade bump.
What do you think? Students, what do you think is most fair? Other teachers, how do you grade and what system do you think is/would be best?