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Harvard Adopting Universal Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grading System for Spring 2020

Harvard Adopting Universal Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grading System for Spring 2020

“We of course remain committed to academic continuity, but we cannot proceed as if nothing has changed.”

Now that Harvard is doing this, expect many other schools to follow suit.

The Harvard Crimson reports:

Harvard College Adopts Universal Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grading for Spring 2020 Due to Coronavirus​​​​​​​

Harvard College will adopt a universal satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading system this semester as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay and Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda J. Claybaugh announced in respective emails to faculty and students Friday afternoon.

All undergraduates will receive grades of either “Emergency Satisfactory” or “Emergency Unsatisfactory” in their spring classes. Faculty may supplement this terminology with a “qualitative assessment of student learning” in my.harvard.

The decision comes several weeks after University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced in a March 10 email that all classes would move online and that Harvard would require students not to return to campus after spring break.

The Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy, an FAS standing committee that oversees undergraduate education, made the recommendation for a universal grading system after conducting a review comissioned by Gay. In its survey, the EPC solicited input from directors of undergraduate studies, the Undergraduate Council, and the Honor Council, as well as from graduate, fellowship, and internship programs, according to Gay’s email.

Gay added that the Faculty Council discussed the proposal “at length,” ultimately granting it a “unanimous endorsement.”

“We of course remain committed to academic continuity, but we cannot proceed as if nothing has changed. Everything has changed,” Gay wrote. “This new terminology is purposefully chosen to indicate the unique nature of this semester in the archival record and to distinguish this semester’s grades from Harvard College’s standard grading system.”

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | March 29, 2020 at 10:09 am

At the rate the ivys are going, University of Phoenix will soon be seen as a preferred institution.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 30, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    And a Heck of a LOT Cheaper!

    Just tell any college students still under a letter grade system: “You’re much better than Harvard!”

It is a preferred institution.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm

I understand Harvard’s new P/F system is oh so much more cost effective, reducing costs to about Zero.

No need for grading interns. No need for teaching anything.

Just…..

GRAB THE MONEY AND RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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