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Tea and Ethics Discussion Series focuses on grading

February 9, 2012

Coastal Carolina University professor Preston McKever-Floyd will facilitate a panel discussion on The Ethics of Grading Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Free refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. This event is part of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values Tea and Ethics discussion series. It is free and open to the public.

McKever-Floyd, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, will monitor a panel of five CCU professors. They will explore a range of topics relating to grading policies in education. Each panelist will be given time to discuss a particular issue, with time set aside for questions and comment at the end of each discussion.

Louis Keiner, associate professor of physics and physical oceanography will evaluate the differences in multiple grading systems. Dodi Hodges, an assistant professor specializing in special education for students with learning, behavioral and emotional disabilities, will focus on the grading policies for students with disabilities. Jim Solazzo, associate professor of mathematics will speak on three tenets of grading in math: consistency, universal rules of objective grading and politics.

Holley Tankersley, associate dean and professor of politics and geography, will cover the grading of subjective material, where the evaluation is dependant on support, rather than a correct or incorrect answer. She will also discuss areas where the objective and subjective collide. Dennis Earl with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will deal with considering the importance of attendance in the grading process.

For more information about this event, contact the Jackson Family Center at 843-349-2440 or visit