• To reflect on grading practices at Yale College
  • To make recommendations to instructors for effective and meaningful grading


  • Ray Fair, Department of Economics, Chair
  • Russell Adair, Office of Institutional Research
  • Ronald Eyerman, Department of Sociology
  • Robert Harms, Department of History
  • Roger Howe (fall only), Department of Mathematics
  • Joshua Kalla, Morse College, Class of 2014
  • Tina Lu, Department of East Asia Languages and Literatures
  • Paul North, Department of German
  • Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Shankar, Department of Physics
  • Scott Stern, Branford College, Class of 2015
  • Ruth Yeazell, Department of English

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