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Tennessee State University Embroiled in Student Grades Controversy

With more than 100 Tennessee State University students originally given incompletes in two fall math courses seeing their marks changed to letter grades, university leaders and faculty have clashed on who made the changes and whether they were proper, The Tennessean in Nashville has reported.

The two courses, Contemporary Mathematics and College Algebra, are pilot courses established as part of a statewide plan, which has barred Tennessee Board of Regents-affiliated schools from providing remedial education classes. The new math courses have replaced remedial classes and require that students master college-level subject matter as well as supplemental coursework to enable them to catch up in proficiency.

University and state officials contend they had the authority to change the grades, after having cleared up a miscommunication about course requirements. However, a number of professors have charged administrators with altering the grades without the instructors’ permission. The university last week released a signed statement from three of the 11 professors who taught the two courses. The instructors confirmed that they had made the changes after acknowledging errors and changed the student grades, according to The Tennessean.

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