With more an more colleges entering full semester shutdowns and extending through the summer, we are now calling for these schools to give the students A's. We can no longer sit back and worry, not only about the coronavirus pandemic but also worry if our grades will be sufficient enough to help us carry our legacy through our educational endeavors. Students are worried, students are depressed, they feel like they have failed. Can our administrators, college presidents, and chancellors sit with this on their conscience?
Students want to transfer to 4 year institutions, some of which have already been accepted. They can not afford to drop and receive a refund! We are demanding a 90/10 model. The top 90% receive an A and the bottom 10% receive a B. We know that other universities and colleges use different scales, that can be adjusted to the 30/30/30/10 model. Top 30% receive an A+, next 30% receive an A, next 30% receive an A-, and the bottom 10% receive a B+ (#AFA movement demand).
This is not EQUITABLE, nor is it JUSTIFIED. This epidemic has spiraled out anyone's control and our students are SUFFERING because of it.
Our colleges and universities are being shut down for the semester. We students have been thrust into an unjust and inequitable situation. Due to the epidemic our nation is experiencing, the coronavirus, we are being forced to transition online to continue our education when a majority of students want on campus courses. This is due to personal educational preference, circumstance, or a student's inability to learn online. Most of our campuses are not directly affected by this virus, yet we are being moved into a situation that is unknown. Students are being moved into a dilemma that was not consulted with them, nor were the circumstances taken into complete consideration.
Students attend a college for the "experience". They socialize with other students, network with professors, and administration. All receive a multitude of different resources like: tutoring, professor office hours, etc. Living on campus or commuting to the institution that fuels the motivation and the result of their efforts. Seeing all of that achievement dissolving right before their eyes because of an occurrence out of their control. Fear of not being able to walk across the stage like many who have preceded them. Family and friends being robbed of the right to see their loved one's milestone reached, because of an occurrence out of their control. There is a reason students are physically attending class on campus and the purpose is being ignored.
There are various demographics of students that are being impacted: homeless, Border students, financially insecure, students who lack the resources to transition online, and the like. They have to find a way to keep up with this shift due to this nation wide emergency. There is no answer as to how we can remedy this situation, other than "correspondence learning". How can students worry about their studies when they have no computer, wifi access, food, a home, etc? Where is the equity in this situation for nontraditional students who have families to worry about? When they have to fight to make sure their children and they, themselves, need to survive in the condition of panic buying. DSS students who need to be on campus because of their learning styles. Universities are kicking their students out of their dorms and telling them to go home to learn. How can those students worry about homework when they are not sure if they have a place to go to or have to move long distance. Additionally, how will they pay for this transition, their parents? Resources are limited and not accessible for everyone, online.
Online learning is not for everyone. This is the reason a majority of students register into classes that are on campus. Many enjoy the face-to-face they receive in their education. Auditory and visual learners are the most impacted by this. Students do not attend the University of California, Zoom, or California State University, Zoom, or Zoom College. There is no equitable solution in this case because everyone is being affected in different ways. There are also some professors who are upset by the transition, as well. Many don't like to teach online or do not have the proper training to do so. Furthermore, their curriculum is not made for a complete online shift. This could make grading and assignments harder for students. This online transition is not made for everyone and this needs to be taken into account.
We must do what is right for our entire student body. #EveryonegetsanA