The argument here is that a pass/fail policy isn’t good enough.

Campus Reform reports:

Ivy League students demand everybody get an ‘A’

While many students across the country have successfully convinced their schools to move to pass/fail grading policies in light of coronavirus stressors, some students at Columbia University claim such a change is simply not enough.

A coalition of Columbia students is demanding that the university improves its grading system by adopting an “All A’s Policy” instead, citing concerns over the basic impact of a mandatory pass/fail policy on fellow students who may be depending on high GPAs this semester.

Last month, Dean of Students James Valentini announced that the entire student body would be subject to pass/fail grading this semester rather than traditional letter grades.

“Columbia strongly feels that the academic community would best be served if all courses are evaluated on a pass/fail basis, with no exceptions,” wrote Valentini.

A petition that has now amassed more than 1500 signatures calls on the university to “take this policy a step further by implementing an ‘All-A’ policy.”

“Although we acknowledge and praise the intent behind the University’s decision to implement mandatory Pass/Fail, we do not believe that this policy is as equitable, forward-thinking, or all-encompassing as an ‘All-A’ solution,’ reads the petition.


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