How are they given?
Though the grading method of each class will differ depending on the professor, there is a standard rule in grading. The UOS is strict when it comes to relative evaluation so they allow professors to give 15~25 percent A’s, 25~35 percent B’s, and the rules restrict grades of B+ and higher to only 50 percent of the students in the class. If professors try to go over this percentage, the university system will block professors from inputting grades into the system.
Did you ever get an S or a U on your report card and wondered what it was? Are S and U much lower than F? Some classes, appointed by the president of the university, will only show whether or not the student has passed that class by marking S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory.) Some of the classes appointed by the president of the university are Volunteerism and Career Plan Counseling. In classes that actually give grades, credits are only earned if the student gets a grade of D0 in the class. Those who get F in mandatory classes have to retake that class and get a grade D0 or higher.
Scholastic warnings are divided into academic probation and expulsion from school. Who gets scholastic warnings? Those who do poorly in their studies while in school are given a scholastic warnings. Specifically, if a student’s GPA in a year does not reach 1.75 and if the student has received F in more than three classes, then the student will be placed on academic probation. However, a graduate-to-be who has met all the requirements to graduate will be excluded from academic probation. Those who are under academic probation are allowed to take only 14 credits. However, there is an exception if the required courses go over 15 credits. If a student is placed under academic probation more than three times, then he or she will be expelled.
The Abandonment of Credits
This is a system in which students can abandon their credits themselves after their grades are confirmed. This system was adopted several years ago to offer students more chances to take a variety of classes by abandoning their credits. However, the problem is that students are using this system not to take different classes but to get rid of their low grades. Therefore, this system is being actively used by students who are preparing to get a job. Those students use this system to abandon a class in which they received a low grade and then take the class again in order to raise their GPA. If this system is continuously abused, the objectivity of the grading standard will become vague. Students say that if a student gives up a class in which they received a low grade, then it brings into question the integrity of relative evaluations. Consequently, there will be a decline in education quality. Furthermore, professors feel that this option invades the rights of professors who give out grades and will bring disorder to the school system. Because of this scenario, there are many controversies over this system.
Currently, the University of Seoul has not adopted the abandonment of credits system. With this system, student’s grades might lose credibility due to the so-called ‘grade inflation.’ In this case, it might instead become a handicap when the UOS students apply for a company and compete against other university students, even if our students have high GPAs. Also, there is a possibility that the system will be a bad influence on the campus study environment. This is why our school does not adopt this system. Instead, the UOS is helping students manage good grades by allowing students to retake or drop classes.