Offering pass/fail option for classes at University of Maryland College Park Spring 2020

Offering pass/fail option for classes at University of Maryland College Park Spring 2020

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Matthew Fowler started this petition to President of the University of Maryland and

I wish to voice an idea which would ease the transition to the online environment for both the students and faculty of UMD. Several other universities, notably Georgetown University, have adopted the option of allowing students to take their classes Pass/Fail this semester and still count towards their degree completion. Many Majors are extremely rigorous and group-oriented major. To truly learn and excel in the subject matter, a dedicated student must invest considerable time in person with the professor, TA's, and their peers. In an online environment, this in-person, group-based learning is not feasible, hence artificially increasing the difficulty of classes that were never designed to be taught in this manner.

Many students learn best in person or in a group of peers. Requiring us to now maintain our grades in an environment which does not allow for these methods of learning simply does not make sense. Additionally, ADS students who require additional time and additional assistance for their assignments now must work without even direct contact with their instructors. Allowing the option to take classes Pass/Fail works to encourage a sense of diversity, inclusiveness, and ultimately, academic success.

This option is NOT intended to be a 'cop out' or attempt to get an easy pass out of classes, it is intended to offer an alternative in this destabilized situation. In fact, this policy would likely assist professors in maintaining their established curriculum. Professors could maintain their grading schemes in their classes without needing to apply an artificial curve or other forced measured to ensure student performance looks decent this semester. The workload and frustration of the faculty in this difficult transition would be reduced, allowing the professors to do what they love - teach.

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