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One of Polish universities abandons grades. Approach to students changes

One of Polish universities abandons grades. Approach to students changes

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Natalia Witulska,
11.10.2023 12:00

WSPiA Rzeszowska Szkoła Wyższa introduced significant changes. With the start of the 2023/2024 academic year, the university has dropped using grades for evaluating students’ progress. All for their benefit.

WSPiA Rzeszowska Wyższa is changing its approach to evaluating students’ performance. The university's authorities decided that for the 2023/2024 academic year, they will stop giving them grades. Instead, young people will have to collect points.

The university is getting rid of the traditional grading scale

At the inauguration of the 2023/2024 academic year, the rector of the WSPiA, Professor Jerzy Posłuszny, emphasised that the university wants students to actually learn rather than collect grades. It is more important to acquire skills and competences than grind for highest grades.

"Our system is designed to teach responsibility for the acquisition of knowledge, increase the student's sense of self-worth and satisfaction with success. It will also allow for ongoing monitoring of progress and increase the so-called competence and emotional intelligence of young people. We are also changing the requirements for academic teachers, who, starting now, are be mentors and guides for students, and not just bureaucrats giving them exams," said Prof. Posłuszny.

The rector of the WSPiA also said that a lecturer shouldn’t be a person who only demands the best grades. This is why the university will try out an innovative approach to higher education. The WSPiA authorities claim that abandoning grades is a healthier approach for young people starting their adult life.

"In the most important subjects that determine a young person's education, we are abandoning grades in favour of collecting points in eight different compulsory paths of didactic activity. The student has a clearly marked finish line to which he or she is striving, systematically working towards his or her success. Lecturers are supposed to be mentors and guides for students, not just profs who give an exam at the end," said the rector of the WSPiA.

Source: Gazeta Wyborcza

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