The Effect of a Homework Grade Cap in an Introductory Finance Class

19 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2015

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Colin Cannonier

Belmont University; Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Dennis C Chen

Belmont University

Joe Smolira

Belmont University

Date Written: August 24, 2015

Abstract

We use data collected from various sections of principles of finance classes at a private university to examine the effect of utilizing a homework grade cap policy. Our results indicate that the homework grade cap policy increased the homework scores and that an increase in homework scores improved performance of the students on exams. An increase in homework scores triggered by the cap policy resulted in an increase of overall exam performance by about 0.4 percent. The results are robust to the inclusion of demographic variables and other factors likely to affect exam outcomes.

Keywords: Homework grade cap policy, Exam scores, Finance, Pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Cannonier, Colin and Chen, Dennis C and Smolira, Joe, The Effect of a Homework Grade Cap in an Introductory Finance Class (August 24, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652425 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2652425

Colin Cannonier

Belmont University ( email )

Jack C. Massey College of Business
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

Global Labor Organization (GLO) ( email )

Collogne
Germany

Dennis C Chen

Belmont University ( email )

Massey College of Business
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

Joe Smolira (Contact Author)

Belmont University ( email )

United States
615-460-6463 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://coba.belmont.edu/fac/smoliraj/

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