A recent study shows that grade-forgiveness policies improve student enrolment and graduation in the STEM fields, writes Maria Carrasco. These policies allow students to retake a course and replace their grades with their improved score. Study co-author Xuan Jiang said that, while grade-forgiveness policy was in place at the studied institution, students were found to be around 10% more likely to enrol in STEM courses. Graduations from STEM programs also increased by 25%. Jiang said that the policy provides incentive for students to challenge themselves and keep from falling behind in their programs. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.