A section of the academic bylaw regarding a grading system was reformed and will be applied from the first semester of 2014.
Before reformation, the ratio of grade distribution was calculated as 45 percent for a grade of A0 or higher, and 75 percent for a grade of B+ or higher in Problem Based Learning (PBL) liberal arts classes. In PBL major classes, a B+ grade ratio could not exceed 50 percent of total class enrollments.
Following reformation, a B+ grade ratio cannot exceed 50 percent of total class enrollments and a grade of A0 or higher can be given to 30 percent of students in PBL liberal arts classes, similar to PBL major classes. In the case of experimental-practice classes, a B+ grade ratio cannot exceed 75 percent and a grade of A0 or higher can be given to 45 percent of students.
The issue with the fairness regarding the major and liberal arts classes which has been continuously addressed is the main reason behind this reformation. One of the students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering said, “It will bring excessive grade competition. Students will study day and night and memorize contents blindly to get a good grade just like in high school. Overall, these reforms will turn liberal arts subjects into blindly memorized ones.”
▲ An extract from full text of announcement on reformation of the grading system