NASHVILLE (Courtesy of the Chronicle of Higher Education) – Tennessee State University officials told a State Senate panel on Monday that an internal audit had cleared them of accusations of improperly changing the grades of more than 100 students who enrolled in two pilot mathematics courses last fall, and officials of the Tennessee Board of Regents supported them in that assertion, the Associated Pressreported.
The pilot courses were added to the curriculum as the state moved toward banning remedial classes at its four-year public universities. Students in the classes were required to complete college-level material, plus supplemental assignments designed to bring them up to speed. Students who failed to complete the supplemental assignments were given incompletes. In the spring, however, university officials changed the incompletes to letter grades, based on the students’ performance on the college-level material. Board of Regents officials testified at the hearing that the mistake had been in giving the incompletes, not in correcting the grades.
The senators on the subcommittee that held the hearing listened and occasionally asked questions, but didn’t say much about what had happened, The Tennessean reported. Back on their bus after the hearing, Tennessee State officials cheered and sang the university’s fight song. Portia Holmes Shields, the university’s interim president, briefly danced in the aisle.
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Motto: Think, Work, Serve Established: June 19, 1912 Type: Public, HBCU Endowment: $41.7 million Chancellor: John Morgan President: Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover Faculty: 431 Enrollment: 8775 Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States Campus: Urban, 500 acres (2 km²) Former names: Tennessee A&I State Normal School for Negroes (1912); Tennessee A&I State Normal College (1925); Tennessee A&I State University (1951); Tennessee State University (1968) Colors: Reflex Blue and White Nickname: Tigers Athletics: National Collegiate Athletic Association Affiliations: Ohio Valley Conference Web site: www.tnstate.edu Phone: 615-963-5000
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