Over the weekend we’ve been inundated with many inquiries regarding Deakin’s stance on assessment grading and WAM calculations this trimester. This is an issue we’ve taken very seriously and so wanted to provide a brief update on what Student Council have been up to and what we’re asking for.
The COVID-19 situation has meant many disruptive changes to the way we study and the way our work is assessed. For this reason, we believe it is appropriate the university accommodates these disruptions with a revised method of grading students and calculating their Weighted Average Mark. The President and Vice-President Education have been in regular discussions with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and the Dean of Students. We have made DUSA’s position very clear, calling for a number of accommodations to be made:
- Simpler grading model – letter grades without numerical marks
- Units this trimester should not be used to calculate Weighted Average Mark (WAM)
- Statement on transcript outlining units undertaken during COVID-19
- Special provisions for WAM dependant processes such as course progression, and completion
- Case-by-case consideration for students adversely affected by the above changes.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education confirmed with the President this morning that a proposal with many of our suggestions had been sent to the Academic Board to be reviewed later this week. We will keep you updated about this current proposal and any future proposals regarding our academic environment.
Take care and stay safe, Student Council.
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