The Rise of College ‘Grade Forgiveness'

Universities around the country are participating in a policy called grade forgiveness, which allows students to retake a course they failed. Around 91 percent of universities allow this practice. Nationally, grade forgiveness has been working “In 2015, 42 percent of grades were top marks, compared to 31 percent in 1988.” Ultimately, the policy can lead to student retention and higher graduation rates. “We see students achieve more success because they retake a course and do better in subsequent courses or master the content that allows them to graduate on time.”

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