Saturday, September 4, 2010

The slow extinction of final exams

It appears that finals are going the way of the dodo [at Harvard]. [Dean of undergraduate education Jay] Harris told the faculty that of 1,137 undergraduate-level courses this spring term, 259 scheduled finals—the lowest number since 2002, when 200 fewer courses were offered. For the more than 500 graduate-level courses offered, just 14 had finals, he reported. Until the 1940s, Harris noted during subsequent discussion, requests to conclude a course without a final examination required a formal vote by the entire [Faculty of Arts and Sciences].
--Harvard Magazine on a trend I'm contributing to at Yale

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