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Faculty Senate weighs ‘confusing’ prospect of eliminating C minus grade

Faculty Senate weighs ‘confusing’ prospect of eliminating C minus grade

October 15, 2019

The Faculty Senate is weighing eliminating the C minus grade collegewide. Some say the change would bring uniformity to grading, while others argue it could diminish the value of a passing grade. Ilya Levinson...

Accumulating points or knowledge: Do letter grades miss the mark in assessment?

Accumulating points or knowledge: Do letter grades miss the mark in assessment?

April 29, 2018

On the day of a final exam, Thomas Guskey asked an intelligent 14-year-old girl in his Erie, Pennsylvania, science class whether she had studied for it.“No,” she replied.“Why?” Guskey responded....

Midterm evaluations provide little insight

By Editorial Board

October 26, 2015

In previous semesters, students who had poor attendance or were in danger of receiving low or failing grades in a course received progress reports during the fifth week of the semester. This semester, all students—including those doing satisfactory or better work—received midterm progress reports at week six. Professors were required to submit their evaluations by midnight Oct. 17.The sixth-week progress reports are inten...

Prison reform bill keeps jobs locked up

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

One in four of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in the U.S., yet the U.S. only comprises 5 percent of the world’s total population. The disproportionately high number of prisoners in the U.S. can be attributed to its unusually harsh punishments for nonviolent offenders—particularly those convicted of drug charges.In early October, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-...

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