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jackd. rollins

My reaction to this issue is easily put: (forget about credit hours--they are meaningless as any form of measurement, other than clock time) a grade is, and only should be, a reflection of the extent to which a student has mastered the material in the syllabus. You cannot grade a student on something that you have not taught him. It is his/her competency that should be the sole criterion for evaluation.

Lloyd comments: I agree with one caveat. The typical college syllabus gives very little information regarding the actual learning outcomes that are expected. Direct assessment clearly defines the learning outcomes expected for a course, and focuses on whether the student has mastered the material, rather than on how the student learned the material.

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