CanadianWolf wrote:I'm surprised that a law prof was allowed to raise one's grade from a "B" to an "A-". This large of a grade increase defeats the purpose of blind grading. Usually class participation grade bumps are limited to half-a-grade (e.g., from a "B" to a "B+").
Tenured professors apparently have a lot of leeway to do stuff like this. My contracts professor flat out told us that sometimes he does not follow the school curve because he's tenured and "he can do whatever the fuck he wants." LOL. No joke he said that.
My Crim Law prof never curves, and has to fight the Registrar every semester to do so. Kind of crazy that in a 40 person class there were ~10 As. Of course, the flip side is that (anecdotally), she actually failed someone as well.
In other classes, at my school, the profs grade blindly, then turn the exams in to the Registrar for curve checks. If they want to bump someone up or down, they give the registrar a list of the students to bump, and the registrar does it while checking the curve. I think this is a good way to do it, because it's at least harder to bump one person up from a B to an A- if you have no idea what they got yet.