When Duke University's Cathy Davidson announced her grading plan for a seminar she would be offering this semester, she attracted attention nationwide. Some professors cheered, others tut-tutted, and others asked "Can she do that?" (from Inside Higher Ed.)
For background on Davidson's practice, click here.
What do grades mean? Do they do the job(s) we intend for them to do? What system or systems of evaluation would be better than our current grading system.?