Tennessee Legislators to Review Grade-Change Controversy at Tennessee State
The Education Committee of the Tennessee Senate yesterday agreed to hold review hearings of Tennessee State University’s alleged changing of more than 100 students’ grades without faculty permission. Tennessee State officials say that faculty were aware of the changes of incompletes to letter grades in two courses, with approval to do so given by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The school changed those incompletes to letter grades based on students’ performance on the college-level coursework. They said the alterations were authorized by the Tennessee Board of Regents, which oversees TSU, and that was confirmed in a letter regents sent TSU’s Faculty Senate president.
Portia Shields, TSU’s interim president, said administrators informed instructors that the grades would be changed based on new information provided to the school.