Benchmarking of Virginia Tech GPAs to Curtin University course-weighted averages
MetadataShow full item record
The link to the Conference's home page is: http://fie-conference.org/fie2009/
Copyright © 2009 IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
Having a single numerical value to represent a student’s overall level of achievement is useful. At Curtin University of Technology, it is the Course Weighted Average (CWA) – an average of percentage grades received for each course. At Virginia Tech, it is the Grade Point Average (GPA) – an average of values based upon letter grades for courses (letters initially based upon percentage grades). To facilitate exchanges and/or transfers between U.S., Australian and other institutions, it is useful to benchmark the equivalency of GPAs to CWAs. The difficulty comes through the differences in which grade corresponds to which mark. At Virginia Tech, a mark of 71% earns a C-, which is a GPA of 1.7; below the 2.0 required for graduation. By contrast, at Curtin a CWA of 71% results in a degree with honors. This paper reports on a study of cohorts of freshman engineering students at each institution ranked by GPA and CWA, and comparisons drawn at equivalent percentile ranks within each cohort. This yielded an equation to convert GPA to CWA allowing comparable student achievement at the two universities to be evaluated and contributing greatly to facilitating exchanges and/or transfers between U.S. and Australian universities.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Peer review in an undergraduate biology curriculum : effects on students' scientific reasoning, writing and attitudesTimmerman, Briana Eileen (2008)Scientific reasoning and writing skills are ubiquitous processes in science and therefore common goals of science curricula, particularly in higher education. Providing the individualized feedback necessary for the ...
An investigation of the effects of a moral education program on the ethical development of Malaysian future accountantsMohamed Saat, Maisarah (2010)This longitudinal study investigates the ethical development of Malaysian accounting students after completion of a moral education program (MEP) that includes an ethics course and subsequent practical training. Emphasis ...
Olson, ViAnn Esther (2002)The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of cooperative learning in a liberal arts mathematics course and to examine any gender-related differences in the effects of cooperative learning in terms of ...