The Grade-Curve Caper

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Professor Wallace Tullen is at his wits end. The untenured assistant professor can’t seem to balance his grading standards with the need to improve student evaluations of his teaching. As his tenure date approaches, the last thing he needs is another round of student complaints. Reluctantly, Wally decides to curve grades. His new grading policy changes everything, but not in the way he expected. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781310893179
About Larry LaForge

Larry LaForge spent thirty-five years in higher education as a teacher, researcher, and active member of the academic community. He taught business management courses at every level from undergraduate students to doctoral students, received major research grants, published in top journals, directed dissertations, and served on editorial boards. He also advised student organizations, chaired major campus committees, and worked closely with athletics as a faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Dr. LaForge received significant professional awards during his academic career. Clemson University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor of Management for his work with undergraduate students. The Clemson faculty recognized him with the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence, their highest honor. Student government at Clemson honored him with the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him 1995 South Carolina Professor of the Year. In 1996 he was named a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute.

He received his B.S. from Clemson, and his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

As an independent author, Larry LaForge draws on his experiences in higher education and college sports to create stories that illustrate interesting issues and dilemmas in our times.

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Review by: tony parsons on Jan. 31, 2014 :
Dr. Gruber Whitmire (chair) at Southern State University (SSU) has assigned Assistant Professor Dr. Wallace (Wally, 33) Tullen to evaluate/rate (Good, Very Good, Excellent) Fair on teaching. Rhonda Wilson & Paul Baker also teach statistics courses.
Wally asks Professor Dr. Jane Overton (management) to help him in his research project. Jane comes up with 3 criteria: What are your core teaching values? What feedback do I receive about my teaching skills? How do I address & use my constructive feedback/criticism & still maintain my values?
Wally starts by evaluating 3 yrs. of student evaluations. Next other professors course syllabus, & how they grade.
At the end of the summer Wally comes up with a brilliant idea the adjusted score (grade curve).
Or so he thought.

Undergrad 5 semesters (P.S., business, sociology, psychology) & graduate school 4 semesters (MSW, MS Medical rehabilitation, MS drug/alcohol counseling) of statistics. I love statistics.

Very impressive resume.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written delightful, funny, humorous short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow & never a dull moment from start/finish. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of quirky scenarios & a great set of characters. This could make a great comedy movie or TV series. No doubt in my mind a very easy rating of 5 stars for this book.
Thank you for the free book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)

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