University of Georgia drops plan to allow students to mark their own exams

Initiative proposed by College of Business professor Rick Watson as 'stress reduction policy' abandoned by dean after concluding it was 'ill-advised'

Being plugged in to money-saving apps can empower students facing financial pressures
Being plugged in to money-saving apps can empower students facing financial pressures

The University of Georgia (UGA) has nixed a professor’s policy that allowed students to grade themselves.

Media outlets report that University officials on Tuesday forced Terry College of Business professor Rick Watson to remove his “stress reduction policy” from the syllabus on his webpage. The policy would have allowed students to grade themselves and drop out of group work if they became too stressed. It also allowed for all tests and exams to be open book.

First published on the website Campus Reform, Watson’s stress reduction policy went viral and led to complaints about students not being prepared for the real world.

College of Business Dean Benjamin Ayers said in a statement that the policy won’t be allowed and called it “ill-advised.”

Watson has taught at UGA since 1989.

Associated Press

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