Universal A-B Grading System for Palomar College Students

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Given these unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, many of our students are rightly concerned about the impact this will have on their grades. Several universities such as CSULA and Wiley College have implemented this mandatory, no curve grading system in light of the pandemic. Under this policy, all students will be assigned either an A+, A-, B+, B- with a B being the lowest possible grade. 

Under this policy at Wiley college, all students will be assigned either an A, B, or C with a C being the lowest possible grade. They have decided to determine final grades by calculating the sum of the total points earned for the course and using this grading scale:

A: 80-100

B: 79-60

C: 59-0

CSULA, one of the 23 CSU’s is asking for a grading scale of:

A+, A-, B+, and B-.

It is imperative to remember that we are amidst a pandemic, which is defined as a "global outbreak of disease" and we are not living in normal times... Chaotic times like these demand a modified grading policy. It is important that we ensure equity for all our students. Out of compassion, understanding, and fairness we the students are asking for an emergency addendum to modify Title 5 for the Spring 2020 semester. 

Palomar midterms and finals add an immense amount of stress to students and teachers. We are humans, some of us are parents, caregivers, breadwinners, or simply battling our mental health due to the coronavirus and the subsequent disruptions this has created for all of us. Many of us have experienced getting laid off our jobs (our only source of income), lost up to 50% of wage hours, and thereby placing students in a vulnerable position. For many people being on campus was their safe environment which allowed them to excel in academic performance. However, given that everything switched to virtual telecommunication many students don’t have adequate spaces and/or resources such as tutoring, quiet spaces, strong WiFi, or the tools needed to succeed. We cannot control what’s happening in the world, but we can determine how we choose to treat our students. 

Please, be the change you wish to see in the world, as we all hope the pandemic passes too.