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Student Government at Harvard Votes to Give Everyone Perfect Grades this Semester

Student Government at Harvard Votes to Give Everyone Perfect Grades this Semester

“Universal Pass system that preferably treats a Pass as a ‘4.0’ for GPA purposes”

The administration still has the ultimate say in all of this.

The College Fix reports:

Harvard student government votes to give everyone perfect grades this semester

Out with the “Double A” system and in with the A-plus system!

Harvard University’s Undergraduate Council dumped its position in favor of giving every student either an A or A-minus this coronavirus-affected semester at a virtual meeting Wednesday, because that would be too … competitive.

The Harvard Crimson reports that the student government body instead voted for a “Universal Pass system that preferably treats a Pass as a ‘4.0’ for GPA purposes.” In other words, A-plus in everything but name.

The grading decision is still up to the administration. To that end, the council also voted to “compile different options for grading models and present them to administrators alongside student testimony,” the newspaper says.

The collapse of support for the Double A system, advocated by a student petition started by Harvard for All, came near the end of the three hour-plus meeting, which drew more than 200 attendees online.

The council president and vice president made public their support for Double A on Sunday, and a student survey with more than 3,100 responses showed a majority favored Double A, with “opt-in” and “universal” pass/fail options roughly splitting the rest.

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When you ask children what they want for dinner, they are likely to want candy. That doesn’t mean that you should give them candy.

Giving all students unearned A’s dilutes the value of all the grades on all the transcripts of legitimate Harvard alumni.

    healthguyfsu in reply to OldProf2. | March 28, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    They don’t care about their transcripts because they are living and running off the name recognition of the school. They know that just getting a degree from Harvard opens many doors that a perfect GPA at other schools would not open.

      Morning Sunshine in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 29, 2020 at 12:14 am

      I had a roommate from Yale in a study abroad. She said that the only “A” she was worried about was the one that spelled “Y-A-L-E” on the diploma she could hang on the wall.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 28, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Question for those better informed than me: was Harvard always a klown kollege but kept the reputation, or is this sort of nonsense a new phenomenon?

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