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US colleges adopt pass-fail rules, stirring wider reform

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert 511 replies3006 threads CC Admissions Expert
"More than 150 US colleges and universities have adopted a pass-fail grading system for the spring semester, a spontaneous reaction to the coronavirus pandemic that could bring fundamental change across higher education.

The overwhelming majority of the institutions have made pass-fail an option, reflecting student concerns that work worthy of a top grade should not be lost in a bid to protect them from the challenges of finishing online.

A smaller share of the institutions − including some of the nation’s most elite − have made pass-fail mandatory, aiming to protect less-resourced students suddenly thrust into off-campus situations and traumas that compromise their ability to fully address their studies." ...

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/us-colleges-adopt-pass-fail-rules-stirring-wider-reform
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 82767 replies738 threads Senior Member
    Dave_Berry wrote: »
    The overwhelming majority of the institutions have made pass-fail an option, reflecting student concerns that work worthy of a top grade should not be lost in a bid to protect them from the challenges of finishing online

    Many (most?) colleges already had a pass / no-pass (or similar) grading option, but some of them are extending it for this semester by one or more of the following ways:

    * Allowing it to be used for courses that normally are required to be taken for a letter grade.
    * Having a later deadline (possibly even after being able to see what the final letter grade would be) to choose between a letter grade and pass / no-pass (or similar).
    * Making it mandatory for all courses this semester.
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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 2229 replies37 threads Senior Member
    We first made grade inflation common. We then made standardized tests optional. The next logical step is to make grades irreverent.
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