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Students at Harvard and Yale Push for ‘Universal Passing’ for Online Courses

Students at Harvard and Yale Push for ‘Universal Passing’ for Online Courses

“is just a very fair grading system. People come from different circumstances”

Everyone passes, no matter what? No, that’s not how these things work.

The College Fix reports:

Harvard, Yale students demand ‘universal passing’ for online courses because of ‘equity’

Students at Harvard and Yale are demanding a “universal pass” grading system for their online courses in the wake of coronavirus-induced campus evacuations.

A coalition of Yale students recommends students get credit for every class, receiving a “P” (“Pass”) grade instead of traditional letter grades. According to the Yale Daily News, the main reason for the appeal is “equity.”

Student Eileen Huang, a proponent of the new grading system, said many students are too “burdened by sickness, hectic home lives or living thousands of miles away from the University — to devote the same level of attention and focus to their classes as they would” in person.

Huang added the proposal “is just a very fair grading system. People come from different circumstances.”…

Over at Harvard, The Crimson reports although “individual departments” have allowed students to take online courses pass/fail, some students have complained this system is “insufficiently equitable.”

Like Yale’s Huang, Harvard student Benjamin Sorkin said “Given the variety of conditions that students are facing right now at home — whether that’s limited internet access, or having to find a way to make money for the families, or the stress that having another individual in the household brings — it is my belief, […] that there should be a different kind of grading accommodation for students during the semester.”

Some students went further — they only want grades of “A” or “A-minus” to be given for coursework. A group dubbed “Harvard for All” started a petition in favor of this model, called “Double A,” on Wednesday, and quickly got over 500 signatures.


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How about Noooo you crazy Ivy League bastards…

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JohnC. | March 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    How about……

    “Shut down all the Ivy League and redistribute their Billions and Billions in Endowments…….”

Iain Sanders | March 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm

& Universal Gold Medals for online Olympics, Universal Oscars for unmade films..

I could get behind Pass/Fail, if they get the Pass/Fail based on whatever grade they had in the glass at the time online learning started. That would be equivalent to what happens to military when they are called up during a school session.

glass = class if my fingers had hit the right key

The Friendly Grizzly | March 22, 2020 at 8:14 am

Translation: we want to par-tay during the on-line teaching, but get a passing grade anyway.

How about suspending the course for a period, like six months or a year, and taking up where you left off?