Heard enough of the word “transparency” yet? We don’t think so! Many Columbians (apparently) have long been calling for more transparency in the grading system. CULPA’s vague and biased info on grading policies is just not enough.
Although A-range percentages for classes are available to employers through Columbia transcripts, information isn’t available to students prior to taking classes. Daniel Liss, CC ’16, is hoping to remedy that through his new website, Grades@CU, which allows students to enter into a database the A-range percentages available on their transcripts. The goal is to compile this information for all classes at Columbia and make it available to students.
Liss hopes the site will clarify some of the grading practices at Columbia, such as whether different sections of the same class taught by different professors are graded similarly.
We think this could be a really valuable resource for those who want to take the easiest classes possible at all times and who only look at the grading section on CULPA anyways. Downloading your transcript is easy via SSOL—there are even instructions on how to do so on Liss’s website—and entering in your information should only take a few minutes. The website will launch the search function at about 500 submissions. According to Liss, the site received 235 within the first few hours of his making it public. The power of Facebook, y’all.
Graph courtesy of Grades@CU