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Faculty reject universal credit/no credit grading model, vote ‘yes’ on opt-in system

The new system was approved in a vote with 309 members of the faculty, even though initial decisions were made by a smaller ad hoc academic continuity group.

By RAIN JI

April 17, 2020

The new system, which puts forth an opt-in credit/no credit model, bears similarities to the current opt-in Pass/D/Fail system.

A student’s refutation of the opt-in pass/fail policy

By MENDEL BALJON

April 16, 2020

"After reading the open letter to faculty on the opt-in policy yesterday, I felt the need to respond with counter-arguments."

An open letter to faculty on the opt-in policy

By QUINN BOYLE, JACK BROWN, and RATI SAINI

April 15, 2020

"Stripping students of grades raises serious concerns about Middlebury’s commitment to academic freedom, a principle outlined in the college’s handbook. Even off campus, we know the product we signed up for. Honor that."

We endorse the mandatory credit/no credit grading system

We endorse the mandatory credit/no credit grading system

By EDITORIAL BOARD

April 14, 2020

"We recognize that this debate has been a contentious one, with arguments on both sides meriting careful consideration. That said, we find the sheer amount of waffling — on the part of both administration and faculty — unsettling."

Grading debate stretches on as faculty consider mandatory credit/no credit system

Today's Faculty Council meeting took place on Zoom and was attended by 250 participants. It was the first faculty meeting since the college suspended in-person classes last month.

By RAIN JI

April 10, 2020

Faculty members motioned to change Middlebury’s current grading policy to a mandatory credit/no-credit system this morning. Faculty will vote to either approve or deny the motion at a meeting next Friday, April 17. 

Update: College maintains opt-in Pass/D/Fail policy

Students can declare Pass/D/Fail using an electronic form from the Registrar’s Office.

By BOCHU DING

April 3, 2020

The college will not alter its current opt-in Pass/D/Fail grading policy after student groups called for changes to the existing guidelines, but will extend the deadline to invoke the option to May 8, according to an email sent to students by Provost Jeff Cason, Dean of Faculty Sujata Moorti and Dean ...

Grading takes center stage as students prepare for unprecedented shift to online classes

Grading takes center stage as students prepare for unprecedented shift to online classes

By TONY SJODIN

March 28, 2020

Students organized the #FairGradesMidd and #OptInMidd petitions, generating buzz among students and faculty, after the college announced an opt-in Pass/D/Fail grading policy.

College offers Pass/D/Fail option for all classes in spring semester

On Tuesday, the Registrar’s Office sent an email to all students with an electronic form to declare Pass/D/Fail.

By BOCHU DING

March 17, 2020

Do you plan to invoke the Pass/D/Fail option this semester? Let us know in our poll.

Faculty Debate Future of Pass/Fail

By Ethan Brady

November 18, 2015

At their plenary session on Nov. 6, faculty introduced a motion to reinstate the Pass/D/Fail option for Middlebury undergraduates. The Pass/D/Fail (P/D/F) option, which was approved by the faculty in May 2012 under a six-semester trial period, will expire on Dec. 31, 2015. Faculty members will meet in...

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