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School’s competency-based educationprogram.Additional changes include: NP grades,when remediated, will appear as a NP/P onthe transcript and, at the discretion of thecourse chair, students performing in the topof the class will be recognized with an H(Honors) on their transcripts.Finally, Exceptional Performance Reports(EPR’s) have been re-titled PerformanceReports (PR’s) which is consistent with theiruse to document both satisfactory andunsatisfactory performance. Like EPR’s,PR’s will not appear on the transcript, butwill be for internal use only, for example toclarify the grades to which they are attached.Discussions to revise the grading systembegan in late 2008, due to concerns over theanticipated switch of the National BoardDental Examination (NBDE) scores toPass/Fail score reports and the inconsistencyof the Marginal grade with the School’scompetency based program.During this time, the Faculty ExecutiveCommittee (FEC) appointed a team of faculty and student leaders to review thecurrent grading system. Discussions of thisteam, the FEC, and the full facultycontinued through 2009 and until early2010. A final version of the revised systemwas approved by the faculty on March 17,2010.According to Associate Dean of StudentAffairs, Dr. Carol Bibb, and AcademicCoordinator, Dr. Karen Lefever, discussionsamong faculty and students identified keypoints of agreement including the desire of both groups to maintain the essence of thepass/no pass system while enhancing thetranscript as a record of studentachievement. The adoption of Honorsgrades to recognize students whoacademically distinguish themselves wasone of the results. Course chairs have thefreedom to decide whether Honors will beawarded for their courses. Theadministrative guideline is that no morethan 20% of the class will receive Honorsfor any particular course, but the criteriafor earning Honors is ultimately decidedby the course chairs.Dr. Bibb and Dr. Lefever said that therevised grading system is anticipated toenhance the portfolio of students applyingto residency programs. Students now havethe opportunity for excellent performanceto be recognized on the transcript withHonors, rather than the current EPR whichdoes not appear on the transcript.Additionally, with the introduction of theIn Progress option, students who requireadditional time and effort to achievecompetency are less likely to receive apermanently negative grade such asMarginal or No Pass/Marginal on thetranscript. Dr. Bibb and Dr. Lefever addedthat Honors can be an important element of the student portfolio, especially whenreceived in a student’s chosen area of specialization.At the moment, further revisions to thenew grading system are not anticipated.
ASDA President’s Address
Mark Hower, 2012
As we kick off the new year, it is never too late to welcome the Class of 2014 to the American StudentDental Association with the
UCLA ASDA is comprised of 16 committees each with a unique set of functions geared towardsaddressing our core mission statement of “advancing the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuingcareers in dentistry.” The Newsletter Committee is responsible for producing the quarterly
which disseminates information about ASDA and non-ASDA events to the School of Dentistry.Other committees provide a myriad of opportunities in both service and leadership. A few of theseinclude the Community Service Committee, Pre-Dental Committee, and the Three-on-Three BasketballTournament Committee. A complete listing of committees is available online at www.bruinasda.com. Iencourage you to contact the respective Chairs if you find any of these opportunities engaging.While UCLA ASDA does an incredible amount to advocate and improve the lives of our student body,it is also part of a 17,000 member national organization. The efforts of our local chapter have earnedUCLA a strong reputation across the country. The culmination of these efforts was recognition as the Ideal ASDA Chapter in 2010.UCLA’s reputation is also communicated by our student involvement in national level leadership. Currently, UCLA holds more nationalleadership positions than any other school in the country.At this point, I hope you are wondering, “How do I get more involved?” Fortunately, this year, it couldn’t be easier. The annualconvention for ASDA, known as Annual Session, will be taking place in our own backyard, the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim fromMarch 3-6. With hot topics such as the recent changes in licensure, it promises to be an exciting event. I look forward to joining many of you in representing UCLA as we continue to establish our reputation for leadership in organized dentistry!
We would like tothank the followingfaculty for theirsupport andmentorship:Dr. Carol Bibb,Dr. Karen Lefever,andDr. Ronald Mito.