niederbomb wrote:dixiecupdrinking wrote:Renne Walker wrote:+1. If I had read the rules on Grade Changes [posted above], I would have never asked about blind grading. An exam is an exam, not a vindication on your gleeful classroom participation. The one caveat might be a class requiring a fixed level of attendance.
You are still misreading that policy. It does not apply to class participation bumps, which professors can do. It only references situations where a professor wants to change a grade after it's been finalized.
I always was under the impression at NYU that the policy worked like this: Exams are graded blindly; separately, the professor submits to the registrar a list of a few people to bump up/down half a letter grade. So the prof only ever thinks, "Whatever grade Mr. Jones ends up with, I want to give him a half-grade bump because he was so well-prepared." The prof isn't in a position to see the results of the blind grading and think, "Mr. jones only got a B? He definitely deserved at least a B+, I'm going to bump him up." This means it's a significantly "blinder" process than what people here are discussing. I could be wrong, though.
I am not at NYU. But assuming a similar system applies at other schools, does this mean that professors do not know your grade? It is awkward running into profs from last semester, especially when accompanied by other students. I just imagine them saying to themselves: "There goes Mr. A- and Ms. B+." I did well in Torts. I went to ask my Torts professor for an LOR before most other grades had come out. She said:"Assuming you did well in your other classes, so-and-so professor would be happy to talk to you about Bankruptcy." That implies she knew, right?
Professors almost certainly know your grade after they have been reported, and probably before since it remains my belief that they choose to bump/drop you after they see what grade you have received on the exam, they just don't know who you are when they are assigning grades to the exams as they grade them.