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Grades- do instructors round up?

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Hi =)

I was just wondering if instructors will generally round up to the nearest whole number when it comes to grades? In our nursing student handbook, it only states that 95-100% is an A, 93-94% is an A- and so on....so if I got a 94.7% in a class....is that an A- cause it is below 95%, or is it an A because it should be rounded up? Final grades aren't posted yet, and i would kind of like to know....and yes I know I'm a nerd ;-)

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Our instructors don't round up: whatever you earned is your grade and that's that. We've had more than one student miss a B or an A (we don't have plus/minus grades) by a fraction of a percent. Ask me how I know this ;)

In the programs in which I've taught -- NO. If you are flunking out by 2/10 of a point, you flunk out. If you have a 94.7 and an A is 95, you don't get the A. Etc.

pharmgirl

Specializes in ER, ICU, Medsurg.

Nope, no rounding here either. What you get is what you get. We've had plenty fail out due to fraction of a point.

depends on the professor here, they get to set their scale and method.

Ella26, BSN, RN

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology. Has 4 years experience.

My schools does, but it depends on your instructor. My final grade was 86.5 and she gave me an 87! I was surprised, this was a hard class for me (Maternal/Peds nursing). I was definitely expecting a C.

Heck no! No rounding at all. We had 6 people fail this semester. We have to have an 80, and people failed with an 79.8! Scary. I personally think that is a little absurd. I mean .02 of a point. Especially for all the money we pay, and all the work (careplans, clinical) that we do and get NO points for!

They round at my school. Thank God, because I know a lot of my classmates needed just a 74.5 to get out of the class.

goodstudentnowRN

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 10 years experience.

They do not round at my school, however, I believe they will not fail a person by .02 points. This is ridiculous! I have to pay a lot per credit and I would not settle for that. Not with this recession.

I believe they will not fail a person by .02 points. I have to pay a lot per credit and I would not settle for that.

How could you not settle for the grade your worked for and received? Im missing something.

MoLee228

Specializes in CVICU, anesthesia. Has 1 years experience.

They do not round at my school, however, I believe they will not fail a person by .02 points. This is ridiculous! I have to pay a lot per credit and I would not settle for that. Not with this recession.

Why wouldn't they fail someone by .02%? If a student doesn't earn enough points to pass the class, that's that. I don't know why they should be given a "freebie" .02%. Where should the line be drawn? Should a student be given a free 1%? Or 2%? In my opinion, you get what you get, and if you don't earn enough to pass then you should fail. It has nothing to do with how much money you are paying for the course. You are not BUYING your license, you are EARNING it (which just so happens to also cost money). I would be pretty nervous if a nurse giving me meds passed her pharm class just because she spent a lot of money on the class but she really didn't know what the heck she was doing :eek:.

BTW, if you are right on the line for passing/failing, maybe you should retake the class and master it anyway. I think you have to be pretty confused about the material or have slacked on the assignments to get a 75% (the line for passing at my school). I really hope any time I am sick in the hospital that my nurse was at least in the 80% range!

Sorry if this sounds harsh...I'm just sick of hearing people (mainly my classmates) whining about their grades and why didn't the professor round up waaah waaah waah :sniff:. The bottom line is, you get what you earned, and it has NOTHING to do with money.

yeah, but the difference in knowledge between 74.9 and 75.00 is so minimal there is virtually no difference. you think that person with the .1 more actually knows anymore. why i am always for rounding up.

Not at my school either. My very close friend just failed a class (74.87%). They told us that it wouldn't matter if you have 74.99%. That is not 75% and hence not a passing score!!

Well, we have to keep an 80--not a 75. And, I was just saying I think it is VERY nit-picky to fail someone for .02 of a point. Like another poster said..you think there is a huge difference in someone who has a 79.8 and and 80--I don't think so. Also, I think if they are going to be so picky they should give us points for work that we do. Like, we have to do daily careplans (no points), we have one huge care plan do (no points). We are only graded on tests. I mean, we know this going into the program, but considering all of that, plus it is almost $700 per credit hour, not including all the fees they add on..it is just ridiculous!

Thanks for all your answers. Final grades are posted now- she actually did round up and gave me an A without the "minus" (i never ever thought i'd come out of that class, "nursing interventions", with an A) so I get to keep my 4.0 for another semester =)

BTW, if you are right on the line for passing/failing, maybe you should retake the class and master it anyway. I think you have to be pretty confused about the material or have slacked on the assignments to get a 75% (the line for passing at my school). I really hope any time I am sick in the hospital that my nurse was at least in the 80% range!

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yeah, but the difference in knowledge between 74.9 and 75.00 is so minimal there is virtually no difference. you think that person with the .1 more actually knows anymore. why i am always for rounding up.

the difference is i dont want the person with the 74.9 or the 75.000000 taking care of me. there is such a culture of mediocrity in nursing school, its saddens me. a mantra at my school is: c=rn.

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