In two previous posts I argued that making the W merit-based helps students take their classes—including liberal arts courses—more seriously as “real world” work with real consequences and helps them develop the vital virtues of responsibility, merit, and integrity. In this final post, I will show that a merit-based W also helps students raise their grades and make timely progress toward graduation, which saves students money.
One would think that by instituting a merit-based W that more students would receive Ds ad Fs, which would lower their GPA and hurt their scholarships. The fact is that the opposite is true. Continue reading Making Higher Grades and Better Progress toward Graduation with a Merit-based W