My College Students Are Not OK

Late assignments, failed tests, sleeping in class: Welcome to the pandemic-era university.

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Professor Who Called Students ‘Vectors of Disease’ Is Suspended

Barry Mehler of Ferris State University was put on paid leave after uploading the bizarre welcome video, but some of his peers said his rights of free expression were being curtailed.

#barry-mehler, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ferris-state-university, #grading-of-students, #michigan, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools

Outdated textbooks, not enough teachers, no ventilation – for millions of kids like Harvey Ellington, the public-education system has failed them their whole lives.

#2021-education-issue, #education, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #mississippi, #rural-areas, #segregation-and-desegregation

Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.

After two white families claimed a grade calculation error, a Mississippi school added their children as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian, reviving questions about race and equity.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #mississippi, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity

Her High School Said She Ranked Third in Her Class. So She Went to Court.

A recent graduate in Alpine, Texas, who could not find an affordable lawyer represented herself in court, arguing that school officials made errors in tabulating grade-point averages.

#alpine-tex, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #decisions-and-verdicts, #education-secondary, #grading-of-students, #sullivan-dalee

Elite Universities Welcome More Diverse Freshman Class

The aftermath of the George Floyd protests and a decreased reliance on standardized tests have led to more diverse admissions at elite universities.

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #grading-of-students, #harvard-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #university-of-southern-california, #yale-university

Why Stanford Should Clone Itself

If elite colleges are serious about diversity of class and race, there’s a simple solution.

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #grading-of-students, #income-inequality, #ivy-league, #stanford-university, #united-states

Financial Aid: Grades, Merit and Talking to Kids About Paying for College

Most colleges and universities now use a “merit” aid strategy to solicit teenagers. Your eighth grader probably ought to know how it works.

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #discount-selling, #education-k-12, #financial-aid-education, #grading-of-students, #parenting, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #the-price-you-pay-for-college-an-entirely-new-road-map-for-the-biggest-financial-decision-your-family-will-ever-make-book, #tuition

Reopening Schools Before a Children’s Vaccine

Experts say we may not need to wait.

#children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education, #education-secondary, #grading-of-students, #teachers-and-school-employees, #tests-and-examinations, #vaccination-and-immunization

How to Predict Merit Aid in a Strange College Application Season

Students may have no test scores, altered grades and compromised extracurricular activities. So how will colleges dole out the discounts?

#admissions-standards, #financial-aid-education, #grading-of-students, #merit-aid, #sat-college-admission-test

U.K. Exam Chaos Prompts Stampede for College Places

Universities rejected thousands of students when exam results were announced. With those grades now withdrawn, many are demanding places that have already been filled.

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #durham-university, #grading-of-students, #london-england, #newcastle-university, #williamson-gavin

British Grading Debacle Shows Pitfalls of Automating Government

The uproar over an algorithm that lowered the grades of 40 percent of students is a sign of battles to come regarding the use of technology in public services.

#admissions-standards, #artificial-intelligence, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #grading-of-students, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

U.K. Backs Down in A-Level Testing Debacle Tied to Coronavirus

With students unable to sit for college exams during the pandemic, the government tried guessing how they might do. It did not go well.

#admissions-standards, #grading-of-students, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #tests-and-examinations, #williamson-gavin

With Pass-Fail, What’s the Point of Grades?

This pandemic has surfaced a dilemma frequently ignored: A-F grades are used poorly and for too many different purposes.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students

Why 2 Crises May Finally Force N.Y.C. Schools to Integrate

The coronavirus has led to the collapse of New York’s usual school admissions system, and protests against racism have highlighted entrenched segregation.

#admissions-standards, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #families-and-family-life, #grading-of-students, #new-york-city, #parenting, #segregation-and-desegregation

Go Ahead, California, Get Rid of the SAT

When it comes to college admissions, standardized tests penalize ambitious low-income students.

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Despite the Pandemic, My College Is Allowing Grades. Isn’t That Unfair?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether schools should adopt a policy of universal “credit/no credit” this semester — and more.

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A Pandemic Isn’t a Reason to Abolish the SAT

For now, the SAT and ACT are more democratic than many of the other metrics used to evaluate college applicants.

#act-examination, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grading-of-students, #sat-college-admission-test

Should the Virus Mean Straight A’s for Everyone?

Schools nationwide are debating whether to issue grades to high school students during the coronavirus pandemic.

#admissions-standards, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #income-inequality, #san-mateo-calif, #shutdowns-institutional

The Age of Coddling Is Over

Learning what hardship has to teach us.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #grading-of-students, #parenting