Make CBU change its current A-F grading policy to a provisional A-B-C only grading scale

Make CBU change its current A-F grading policy to a provisional A-B-C only grading scale

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William Foner started this petition to Office of Academics Christian Brothers University

Why sign this petition?

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has put immense pressure on our society, economy, and government and the students attending Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis, TN are experiencing the immediate effects of this global pandemic. Since this public health crisis from this infectious, deadly disease has caused deep disruptions in college students' lives and their families, and deepened their financial hardship, students are struggling to maintain normalcy at the same time academic excellence and performance in this very stressful time. Therefore, It is entirely reasonable to petition Christian Brothers University to change their current grading policy from an A-F scale to a temporary A-B-C grade scale. 

Why support an interim A-B-C only grading policy instead of a pass/fail grade option?

An A-B-C only grading scale is more fair for students. Firstly, students who are overwhelmed will never have to worry about a failing grade since a C is the lowest grade attainable. Secondly, students who have dedicated the Spring '20 semester to raise their GPA will not lose their hard earned points for boosting their GPA as a letter-point grading system would still be in effect. Considering these two points, it seems a pass/fail system is actually not fair nor advantageous. However, with both offered as concurrent alternatives to a A-F grade scale, it will greatly benefit the student body. Please consider the possibilities of both. 

So what?

Colleges have opted for this provisional model of A-B-C grade scale, instead of a pass/fail policy. An example is a mandatory Interim Grading Policy implemented at Wiley College. Wiley College's Division of Academic Affairs issued a notice via email to its students of the regulatory change to its grading policy. The A, B, and C grade only scale ranges from 0- 100. According to the A-B-C grade scale, an A grade is 100 - 80, a B is 79 - 60, and a C is 59 - 0. CBU can simply accommodate this grading model and in doing so will show compassion and grace for its enrolled students. This temporary interim grading scale can also relieve stress for students doing online summer classes. By signing this petition you believe CBU needs to take into consideration this favorable, fair grading policy.

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