The HEA has today, 28 May 2015, published Grade Point Average: Report of the GPA pilot project 2013-14, on behalf of the GPA Advisory Group led by Professor Sir Bob Burgess. The report is the product of a pilot involving 21 higher education providers designed to test the use of various GPA scales and to explore implementation issues. An additional 32 higher education providers attended facilitated meetings about the pilot.
The report, which is authored by the national GPA Advisory Group, recommends the ‘dual running’ of a GPA system alongside the Honours Degree Classification for a period of up to five years. Professor Sir Bob Burgess, Chair of the GPA Advisory Group, said: “GPA offers an important opportunity to meet the vital need for a more precise indicator of degree grades and to provide students with a more internationally recognisable measure. Our recommendations have been carefully constructed to build upon the evidence from the sector regarding the appetite and capacity for change. A process of ‘dual running’ will allow institutions to adopt GPA within timescales that suit their institutional context whilst ensuring that a national system is retained.”