So . . . I teach Dual Enrollment English. The policy has always been that if students do not receive at least a C in the course, they cannot continue to the next semester. We have recently set up a program within our school that allows the students enrolled in our program to complete their associates degree while in high school. They take 18 credits each year, junior and senior year, then graduate with both. Good idea, very overwhelming for the students, and frankly, our district did not have everything planned out. So, now that we're at the semester, I lost 10 students. These students either failed (2) or received a D, and were removed from my class. So, I find out today that the cc college that is affiliated with this program actually allows Ds to count for credit in their core classes, provided that the student finished the Associates Degree program. So, now, the 8 students with Ds are being returned to my class. Am I wrong in thinking that this is the beginning of a slow downward slide? The kids are going to ask how these students got back into the class. We have lost a major leveraging tool. We can no longer say, "You have to get a C." I don't think getting a D in core subject at the college level should be acceptable in any form, regardless. Conceivably, you get get all Ds, but still get a degree. I know grades are not always indicative of ability, but I don't want the hairdresser who got Ds. Ds imply lack of effort, or lack of abilty, and a lack of caring. Our borderline students, who work really hard to get that C, now have an excuse to do less. A few of the students in question I rounded them up to a D, from a 62 to a 64, because I didn't want to give them F and have to repeat the course. And for some, I now regret that, because I know that I will see the same thing again. These are students that carried a low C to an F all semester, and many of them claim it was the overwhelmingness (?) of the course load. It's not going to get any better. I've had students over the past 4 years be removed for Ds, and yet no one ever put them back in the class. I know its because of this program--we can't put out in the community that 10% of the kids in the program this year didn't make it--it will show where they're weaknesses are and how they hasn't been planned or organized correctly. I had thought this class was my last bastion of actual accountability, but alas, no more! Am I wrong in thinking this totally wrong and this is leading to no accountability? Needless to say, I will not be rounding up anymore, and I will let them fail.