Summerville Requests Senate Hearing on Grading at TSU

Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; July 11, 2012:

(NASHVILLE), July 11, 2012 — Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) said today he has sent a letter of request to Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) asking for permission to hold hearings regarding the controversy over allegations of grade alterations at Tennessee State University (TSU).

The request comes after it was reported that the TSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors claimed that “someone in the administration” initiated hundreds of grade changes in math courses, changing them from Incompletes to Cs. Incompletes are only allowed in extenuating circumstances.

“As we work to raise standards for our colleges and universities in Tennessee, these are serious allegations,” said Senator Summerville, who is a college instructor. “If the allegations are true, they threaten to rattle the structure and integrity of the University and have the potential to cheapen the degrees that so many students work very hard to achieve. It is especially alarming that the allegations are pointed at those in the top tier of the University.”

Other members of the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee are Senator Reginald Tate (D-Memphis) and Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville).