Grade-free scheme extended

20 May 2016 | Education
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The expanded grade-free scheme will allow freshmen in various faculties to disregard grades for up to 32 modular credits in their first year

NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye announced the expansion of the grade-free policy for first-year students from AY2016/17, allowing them to decide whether to include the grades for up to 32 modular credits in their first year.

NUS introduced a new grade-free policy in AY2014/15, where freshmen could choose between including or disregarding grades for up to 20 modular credits in their first semester. The take-up rate was encouraging, with close to 9 in 10 students opting to discount their grades for at least one module. Feedback was also positive, and Prof Tan believes that the scheme helped to reduce stress and inspire students to broaden their perspectives as well as take academic risks.

The revised grading policy for freshmen in Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, Music, Nursing and Science is one of the innovative educational initiatives which the University has implemented in recent years. The changes aim to provide NUS students with a transformational educational journey that prepares them well for life in the 21st century.

Read more about the revised policy here.