The transcription of grades SCEC

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The transcription of grades SCEC

  1. 1. THE TRANSCRIPTION OF GRADES: REFERENDUM RESULTS E. Brecher, A. Brown , K. Emms, K. Lee, K. VanDewark, H. Yan University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  2. 2. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>Purpose and Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto is engaged in a review of the current MD program. </li></ul><ul><li>A change would involve replacing the current form of transcription, Honours/Pass/Fail, with Credit/No Credit. </li></ul><ul><li>To gauge the support of the student body for change a referendum sponsored by the Faculty and the Medical Society was held the week of November 3rd to 7th. </li></ul><ul><li>All four years of the MD program and members of the MD/PhD program took part in the referendum. </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome </li></ul><ul><li>The response from students was extraordinary with 84% of the entire student body participating in the referendum. </li></ul><ul><li>Of these respondents, 77% were in favour of a change to Credit/No Credit </li></ul>EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Our Recommendation: There is sufficient imperative at this time to prompt a change in grade transcription. Students have demonstrated a clear and uniform desire for a change.
  3. 3. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>The Official Online Ballot </li></ul><ul><li>Are you in favour of replacing the current form of grade transcription (Honours, Pass, Fail) with Credit/No credit for all four years of your medical education? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>I am not adequately informed to make a choice </li></ul><ul><li>Thresholds </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum class response rate: 80% for years I &II; 60% for year III &IV </li></ul><ul><li>“ Well informed” ballots: If > 20% of any class do not feel adequately informed the referendum will be postponed </li></ul><ul><li>“ Voted Yes” threshold: minimum 50% of each class population; 75% of overall student body </li></ul>THE PROCESS
  4. 4. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>Thresholds continued… </li></ul><ul><li>Are you in favour of replacing the current form of grade transcription (Honours, Pass, Fail) with Credit/No credit for all four years of your medical education? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>I am not adequately informed to make a choice </li></ul><ul><li>First Year Class (1T2) </li></ul><ul><li>All faculty set thresholds surpassed during the referendum. </li></ul>THE NUMBERS
  5. 5. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>I am not adequately informed to make a choice </li></ul><ul><li>Second Year Class (1T1) </li></ul><ul><li>Third Year Class (1T0) </li></ul>THE NUMBERS
  6. 6. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>I am not adequately informed to make a choice </li></ul><ul><li>Fourth Year Class (0T9) </li></ul><ul><li>MD/PhD </li></ul>THE NUMBERS
  7. 7. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>I am not adequately informed to make a choice </li></ul><ul><li>All Medical Students at the University of Toronto </li></ul>THE NUMBERS
  8. 8. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>Response rate </li></ul><ul><li>Provided MedSoc a clear mandate to advocate for a change in the transcription of grades. </li></ul><ul><li>580 of you were in favour of a change in transcription, while 166 were against the change. </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly 756 (84%) students participated in the referendum. </li></ul><ul><li>Be proud of yourselves and your colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Long term ramifications </li></ul><ul><li>Testament to your determination as students to play an active role your curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Shown the Faculty that you care about your education. </li></ul><ul><li>This referendum will usher in a new era of collaboration between the Faculty and student leaders, from members of the General Assembly to course/theme reps. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2006, there was “insufficient imperative at this time to prompt a change in grading policy” – as noted by the HPF Task Force Report. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>However, in this referendum students have demonstrated a clear and uniform desire for a change. </li></ul></ul>DEMOCRATIZATION OF YOUR EDUCATION “ Our predecessors have commented that we are a generation that expects more of our education.”
  9. 9. USING THE PITCHBOOK TEMPLATE <ul><li>First step from here… </li></ul><ul><li>VP’s of Education will present results to the agenda committee of the FCC. </li></ul><ul><li>Should get the results added to the agenda of the next faculty curriculum committee meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>There results and the next steps will be discussed. </li></ul><ul><li>FAQs </li></ul><ul><li>Earliest affect will be Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>If change occurs marks will not be changed retroactively. </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty is cooperative in this initiative. Those involved in the referendum are optimistic about future outcomes. </li></ul>THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE “ I believe this referendum will usher in a new era of collaboration between the Faculty and student leaders” If you have questions or comments it will be my pleasure to take them at this time.

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