PASS /FAIL instead of grade

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  1. laferney

    laferney Member

    The college I teach at is converting to online teaching ( due to coronavirus) which is going to be a challenge,. I suggested to our Dean going to a Pass/ Fail system like other schools but he says if we do that at the community college level the courses won't transfer. Anyone aware of schools converting to pass -fail dung this crisis? any thoughts?
    https://www.chronicle.com/article/Make-All-Courses-Pass-Fail-Now/248281

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/opinions/coronavirus-makes-college-and-life-pass-fail-perry/index.html
     
  2. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    Credit may have limited transferability.
    Most schools have GPA requirements.

    Pass/Fail is maybe good for vocational training.
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    It will be like all the records set in Major League Baseball during the steroid era. All GPAs will have an asterisk *

    * corona era GPA

    ProTip: this is when you want to take that Organic Chemistry course you've been dreading
     
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  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    Good recommendation:)
     
  5. JBjunior

    JBjunior Active Member

    USC just offered Pass/Fail to all undergraduates for this semester. They generally have a 24 credit limit for Pass/Fail but have lifted it this semester only.
     
  6. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Here's another thought. Virtually all colleges are now either closed or 100% online. While there's reason to believe that these new online degree programs will eventually improve their delivery methods, there some growing evidence of widespread difficulties making this transition. If this continues people are going to start asking, "Why am I paying top dollar to this top tier elite university but what I am getting is a 4th tier video blog that looks like it was made in a couple of hours (hint: it was). I'm not going to pay a shmillion dollars to a school for low-grade content. I'd rather go to someplace like FHSU where they've been doing this for years and it's less than half the cost.
     
  7. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    That's missing half of the point or value of paying a "shmillion" dollars for certain schools.
     
  8. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    A number of major universities are doing this. Community colleges face additional hurdles as their transfer articulation agreements can be exceptionally specific at times.
     
  9. GentryMillMadman

    GentryMillMadman New Member

    I just got an email from University of Alabama that we will have the option of taking a pass/fail or a letter grade. I must say though I don't fully understand how this will change things in the future.

    So if I am thinking I am going to get a C in a class would it be smarter to take the pass/fail? Also as was mentioned before is there going to be situations where another college won't take the pass/fail credit?
     
  10. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    schools vary with their policies. Some will only allow a certain number of pass/fail courses toward graduation. But under the current circumstances I’d expect generosity.
     
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

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