By Taryn Dryfhout
With grade ranges being changed this year, the university has consequently changed its grade point averages (GPA), tightening admission standards to post-graduate programmes and scholarships which require a minimum GPA.
The new system was announced in September of last year, and came into effect in 2017. The new marking scheme made several changes, including the introduction of a C- grade, and changes to the marking range for every grade.
Although the GPA requirement for post-graduate programs hasn’t changed, these grade changes mean that a master’s degree which previously required a ‘B’ average, now requires a standard of work which used to be considered ‘B+’.
Though the programs still require a ‘B’ grade, the new ‘B’ is five per cent higher than it was in 2016, meaning students have to attain a slightly higher standard of work than before.
“The GPA tightening is a bold move on the part of the University. There are students who will feel their postgraduate dreams slipping from their grasp as a result, and for them, this is sad”, says Massey Extramural Students’ Association (EXMSS) President, David McNab.
“However, in the bigger picture, this tightening aims to lift the university onto a more robust academic footing more comparable with the likes of Auckland and Otago universities, which should in turn help to attract a higher level of researchers, teachers, students, industry support and funding.
“All this amounts to a greater ability for the university to pursue its mission and establish a stronger competitive position as it moves into an uncertain future”, he says.