“Currently, each of Cornell’s colleges has its own criteria for determining which students earn the Dean’s List honor on their transcripts each semester.”
This isn’t about some ridiculous ‘equity’ issue. Various schools within Cornell have different standards for the Dean’s List, so they’re looking into streamlining the whole thing.
The Cornell Daily Sun reports:
Faculty Weigh Options for Eliminating, Replacing Dean’s List Honors
When Jailene Sinchi ’25 opened the email from the Dean of Arts and Sciences that confirmed that she had made the Dean’s List, she expressed feelings of high achievement after a grueling first semester as a biology major on the pre-med track. However, fall 2021 could be the last semester for Sinchi, and her peers, to achieve the award before the University changes or retires the designation.
The Dean’s List is an academic achievement that can be earned by full-time Cornell students each semester for meeting a certain grade point average. The honor appears on a student’s official transcript for the corresponding term.
Recent activity in the Faculty Senate has pushed for the University-wide elimination of the Dean’s List. At the University Assembly meeting on Jan. 25, Faculty Senate representatives proposed recommendations for standardizing student honors across all seven colleges.
Currently, each of Cornell’s colleges has its own criteria for determining which students earn the Dean’s List honor on their transcripts each semester. While most colleges require a minimum of 12 academic course credits taken for a letter grade for a student to be eligible for the Dean’s List, the College of Arts and Sciences requires 15 academic letter-graded credits.
Grade point average requirements also differ between colleges: Students in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning must achieve a 3.8 GPA, while the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences both require a 3.5. In some cases, the requirements are not uniform within the same college. Freshmen in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations need a 3.3 GPA to make the Dean’s List, while seniors in the same college must have a 3.6 GPA to obtain the same award.
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