The DUSA Student Council are continuing their work communicating student’s concerns to the University regarding the recent changes to the grading schema and WAM.
Following a series of urgent meetings held last week, and further follow up meetings with the Dean of Students and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education, the Student Council have strongly voiced student’s concerns regarding the proposed changes.
The outcome of these discussions has resulted in the University putting forward recommendations to the Academic Board Executive Committee for consideration and approval.
Yesterday we received confirmation that the Academic Board have accepted the new recommendations regarding WAM. The changes will result in reverting to the regular grading system, while ensuring that fail marks and withdrawn late marks are not included in WAM calculations. As a result of this, the new grading bands will no longer be used, and student’s academic transcripts will show numerical and letter grades as usual.
This system will allow for students who are struggling to not be detrimentally impacted by the T1/S1 studies. As normal, students experiencing considerable hardship or disruption will be able to provide further information to be taken into consideration for transfer and selection processes.
Revised special grading schema for T1/S1 2020 units summarised
* Grades and numerical marks for all passing grades (any result from 50/100) will contribute to internal Weighted Average Mark (WAM) calculations.
* Fail grades will be represented in letter form so that they are excluded from internal WAM calculations. Fail grades will be shown in the following ways (with no corresponding numerical value):
o NA = Fail Band A = 45% – 49%
o NB = Fail Band B = 40% – 44%
o NC = Fail Band C = below 40%
o XN = Fail (not assessed)
o WN = Fail (withdrawn after 1st June 2020)
Transfers and Selection Processes
If a student’s studies have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 they will still be able to provide further information to be taken into consideration for transfers and selection processes.
We know that many students are working hard this trimester, and we believe these new recommendations that have been passed will continue to provide support to students who are struggling, whilst not disadvantaging those who are thriving in their studies, or wishing to improve their WAM.
Numerical marks do make course transfer and academic progression easier, so we are pleased that students who wish to pursue post-graduate education or course transfer within the University or externally, will not be competitively disadvantaged by these changes.
The Academic Board are considering extending this revised temporary grading scheme into T2/S2 and T3 2020. We will continue to update you regarding this as further information comes through.
Deakin FAQs are being updated to assist with communicating these changes, and the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education is planning to provide a short explanatory video to be released on unit sites.
We acknowledge this unprecedented time has been difficult for everyone, including the University, and we are pleased that they have been so willing to hear our concerns and listen to the concerns that students have brought to Student Council’s attention.
Thank you for your patience. We will continue to advocate for your best interests!
Take care and stay safe,
Your 2020 DUSA Student Council