Professors float idea: Students get 'A' for effort

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

high school graduationWith most universities and colleges shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic, some professors have a suggestion for the dilemma: Give all students an “A” for the year.

Campus Reform, the education watchdog, cites the example of Jo McIntosh, an English professor at Concordia University who announced she was “entering A’s for every student” in an email to her classes.

McIntosh said she had reviewed students' coursework through the 2020 school year and concluded that all of them had met the course objectives – or they were on track to do so.

One of the professor’s students told Campus Reform, however, that some of those students never showed up for class yet the freshman student, Kalah Reed, told CR she left school with a 99 in the class.  

Campus Reform also cites a Washington Post op-ed written by Jenny Davidson, a tenured Columbia professor who called on all professors to hand out A’s for the spring term.

Author and cultural analyst Janice Crouse tells OneNewsNow the liberal policy makes a mockery of the grading system but it’s also true, she adds, these are difficult times and an unprecedented situation.

Despite the fact that some students' grade point averages may be adversely affected by the situation, Crouse thinks there may be a silver lining.

"Employers are going to have to evaluate students on their potential by looking at things other than grade point average,” she predicts, “and instead look at what kind of classes they've taken, what other things are indicative of their potential."

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