Tennessee politics behind the scenes
Colleagues, It has come to my attention that some questions and accusations have been raised regarding the assignment of grades by an administrator for students enrolled in Math 1110 and 1013 for the Fall 2011 Semester. It has been determined that the accusations are false. I have met with several faculty members who taught the courses in question and reviewed documents related to the process. Additionally, I met with the Dean of the College of Engineering and the Head of the Department of Mathematics. The University wishes to further address this matter by offering the information below. As you are aware, the University made a decision to pilot its A-100 Redesign initiative during the academic year of 2011-2012. Accordingly, several courses were redesigned including Math 1110 and 1013. These Math courses were redesigned to include a lecture and a learning support component. Course syllabi used by the faculty teaching the Math pilot courses indicated that students who successfully completed these courses, but not the learning support component, would be given an incomplete grade (“I”). A review of Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Guideline A-100, which states, in part, that students who passed courses with learning support had successfully satisfied the competences for the courses; thus, warranted the letter grade earned in the course. Once the application of TBR Guideline A-100 was clarified and the faculty teaching the courses in question were contacted, the discretion was left to the faculty members regarding the determination and submission of the appropriate letter grade in the courses based on students’ performance. It is most unfortunate that questions regarding this matter were not brought to the attention of the administration but rather sent to the TBR, the Governor, and others, which is embarrassing to the University. Nevertheless, I am confident that no administrators issued, changed, or ordered a change in grades. Thank you. Dr. Millicent Lownes-JacksonProvost and Executive Vice President (Interim)Tennessee State University3500 John A. Merritt BoulevardNashville, Tennessee 37209(615) 963-xxxx
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