"Michigan State University is now offering an alternative grading system for the spring semester.
The decision, made Tuesday night, came after some were concerned about students’ grades being lower because of online work and stress about COVID-19.
‘One of the very first things that my office did was start asking questions about what the students need in order to be successful through this. … We still have a large menu of options of different things that might be possible,’ Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Mark Largent said Thursday. ‘We’re in conversation with other universities who are doing different kinds of things, as well. But this seems to be everybody’s sort of first thing that they did.’
Students can request to have their grades recorded in a binary grading system of satisfactory/not satisfactory (S/NS). This would replace the typical number grade reported." …