College adopts grading policy changes for spring term

first_img Related James Mathew, president of the Undergraduate Council, was “pleased that the policy is universal,” but expressed concern that SEM/UEM might not do enough for issues of equity. The UC had polled students March 22-23 about three models of grading: Universal Pass/Fail, Opt-In Pass/Fail, and Double A (A/A-), which was created by the student group Harvard For All.“There are concerns — the primary one being that UEM still puts students at risk of receiving a grade of Unsatisfactory. In a SEM C-minus versus Pass D-minus, the threshold is slightly more restrictive, and we have to think about how our most disadvantaged student will be affected. We’re counting on administration and faculty to look out for the students who are especially challenged during these already difficult times.”Cassandra Extavour, professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Biology, calls the policy “absolutely the right decision.”“Worry about specific grades during a global pandemic should be the least of anyone’s concerns,” she said. “And when students aren’t on our campus they have even greater disparity in access to learning resources than they do on campus.”Informally polling the students in her own two courses, Extavour said at least 25 percent knew or feared that being removed from campus would negatively impact their learning.“Pretending this is a normal situation is not facing reality. This is not a normal situation. The changes in the world because of the pandemic are going to be felt for a long, long time to come.”The College updated its list of FAQs for students with answers to questions about how the temporary policy would affect applications to fellowship programs, graduate and medical school, and promised support from advisers willing to reach out to schools unwilling to accept a SEM grade.Harvard Medical School, for example, has noted to applicants: “So that no applicants are disadvantaged by policy decisions made by their colleges/universities as a result of this unprecedented event, HMS will accept pass/fail grading for spring 2020 coursework provided it is the policy of the college/university to only award pass/fail grades.”Said Gay: “This grading policy better meets the needs of today, and I hope prepares us to face challenges to come as this situation continues to evolve.” Harvard College will adopt an Emergency Satisfactory/Emergency Unsatisfactory (SEM/UEM) grading policy for the spring semester, a shift announced Friday by Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), in response to the coronavirus pandemic.“We of course remain committed to academic continuity, but we cannot proceed as if nothing has changed. Everything has changed,” said Gay in a letter to the FAS community, recognizing unanimous endorsement from Faculty Council.Peer institutions, such as Dartmouth, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , have moved to similar grading policies for their spring terms. Factoring equity as a prime motivator, Gay said: “[F]or some students the challenges have been more severe. Some have seen parent job losses, or have had to take over child care and other household responsibilities, as health care and other essential workers in their families continue to provide critical support or have become ill themselves. Those who relied on the public library for internet access are struggling to find other ways to join their classmates online, as public buildings are ordered closed. Students in a time zone 12 hours away from us are feeling remote and closed off by time, and by closed borders.”Gay acknowledged “not everyone will agree with this policy, and I have heard reasonable arguments on all sides.” She charged the Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy (EPC), a standing committee of the Faculty, to develop a proposal to address the situation. EPC consulted widely with directors of undergraduate studies, received input from the Undergraduate Council (UC) and the Honor Council, consulted with peers and with graduate fellowship, and internship programs.In a follow-on message to all undergraduates, Amanda Claybaugh, dean of undergraduate education and Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of English, said: “I’d like to thank all of you who spoke out — so passionately and so thoughtfully — about this issue. Our thinking was informed by The Harvard Crimson editorials, by Undergraduate Council proposals, by consultation with the Honor Council, but it was informed just as much by the individual emails sent by so many of you. We have tried, in this new policy, to address the needs of all of our students, while also responding to the enormity of the situation we find ourselves in.” “We of course remain committed to academic continuity, but we cannot proceed as if nothing has changed. Everything has changed.” — Claudine Gay ‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’ Some running into minor hitches, but others finding surprising benefits Students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home center_img Officials detail University’s battle plan to combat coronavirus while education continues Q&A on Harvard’s move to online learning Early responses indicate shift to online classes going well overall The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Health workers hard hit as Spain’s coronavirus cases rise

first_imgSpain has nearly 4,000 health workers infected with the coronavirus, more than one in ten of total confirmed cases, officials said on Monday as the toll rose in Europe’s second-worst affected country after Italy.Like in other countries hit hard by the virus, nurses, doctors and other health workers say they are not getting enough protective kits. Authorities and companies are scrambling to manufacture, buy and distribute more.As regional authorities try to contain the virus and protect vulnerable groups, soldiers deployed to Barcelona to help build a temporary homeless shelter at the city’s Fira event center. “We have some data we do not like, because we should try to control it, such as having 3,910 health workers affected,” health emergency chief Fernando Simon told a news conference.The number of cases registered in Spain rose to 33,089 up from 28,572 cases on Sunday. This means health workers account for nearly 12% of the total.They and nursing home staff will have priority as Spain rolls out a testing program.The coronavirus death toll has reached 2,182, adding 462 fatalities overnight, the Health Ministry said. Simon said 87% of those who had died were aged 70 or older.Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said a nationwide lockdown, which has kept most Spaniards confined to their homes, was beginning to take a heavy toll on the economy.”Economic activity, which was dynamic until February slowed significantly last week,” she said, adding vital industries like food, electricity and telecommunications continued to function normally.Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo was hospitalized on Sunday with respiratory infection and is awaiting coronavirus test results, the government said on Monday. Results for Calvo, born in 1957, will be released as soon as they are known, the statement said.Two other ministers and the wife of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past weeks.With an extension to April 11 of a nationwide lockdown set to be approved by parliament on Wednesday, Simon urged people to respect rules that ban anyone from leaving their home except to go to work, buy food or go to the pharmacy.”On several occasions it has been said that the peak [of the epidemic] could be reached this week. Reaching the peak does not involve having controlled the problem, it means that you have to redouble your efforts not to take a step backwards,” Simon said.Supermarket group Corte Ingles said it had set up a phone number and email for health workers to do their shopping, with free delivery to their homes. The shelter, to be managed by the Red Cross, will allow up to 1,000 homeless people to isolate themselves in hygienic conditions with access to food and water, Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau said.In Madrid, struggling with Spain’s heaviest virus load, the municipal funeral home announced it would stop collecting bodies from Tuesday due to a shortage of equipment. Private funeral homes are operating in the capital city. Unpleasant data  Topics :last_img read more

€60m man on Liverpool radar, as Klopp plots double swoop in summer

first_img The striker is reported to have a €60m release clause in his contract, and Klopp is said to be far more open to meeting that price than paying upwards of £100m for either Sancho or Havertz. Pearce also claims Klopp has earmarked a new full-back for this summer as competition for Robertson. The German admitted recently that he would be far more busy in the summer transfer market, than the winter one, having just added Takumi Minamino in January. Read Also:Premier League: Aguero, Klopp break records with awards for January Klopp said: “I don’t really remember transfer windows. It’s not about relaxing, nobody is relaxed at this moment. We are not busy with transfer decisions for this moment but we constantly in talks and exchanging ideas and thoughts to help us long term. “The plan always in the summer to be less busy in the winter.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool are planning a double swoop in the summer with a striker and a left-back top of Jurgen Klopp’s wish list, according to a report. No Mane, more problems: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) could be without Sadio Mane (right), Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita for several weeks next season Klopp will have to navigate winter 2021 without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who are both set to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament in Cameroon was originally scheduled for June, but concerns over the climate have seen the tournament switched to January 9 – February 6. That means the Liverpool pair could be missing for as long as five or six weeks and Klopp, apparently, wants cover. James Pearce in a Q&A with The Atheltic claims Klopp is interested in Timo Werner, while he is also keen on recruiting a new left-back as cover for Andy Robertson. Red Bull Leipzig striker Werner has been mentioned as a target for Klopp before, but with the price tags on Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho likely be too high, the German may well be the answer. The 23-year-old has been in fine form for Leipzig this season, scoring 25 goals in 29 games and he is under contract until 2023. Loading…last_img read more

Remy gives Pardew a problem

first_img Press Association Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted his hopes of signing Loic Remy permanently are receding with every goal he scores. Asked if every additional strike takes the frontman further from his grasp, Pardew said: “I think that’s fairly obvious. “He is going to be hot property. He is going to get a lot of press tomorrow and I am going to leave him out of the next 11 (games).” Remy’s last-gasp intervention came in the nick of time as he smashed home from close range in the second minute of added time at the end of the game after substitute Luuk de Jong’s cross had been deflected into his path. That would have come as a huge relief to him as well as well as his manager after he had hit the post with the goal at his mercy two minutes earlier. Team-mate Papiss Cisse too will have been mightily pleased to see the ball end up in the back of the net after a dreadful miss at the end of the first half. Pardew, who had gone into the game with the club having denied his reign could be over if he lost it, believed the game turned on a vital interception by central defender Mike Williamson as he cut out Christian Benteke’s through-ball to spark the home crowd into life. He said: “It was a strange game because our crowd was definitely quiet up until the interception from Williamson, and a strange thing like that lifted the stadium, lifted the players and suddenly we created three or four great chances. “That’s what this place is, it’s almost like a breathing, living animal, this stadium, and we needed it to come alive. It did and it helped us. The France international returned from suspension to fire the Magpies to a vital 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, although he left it late to do so. Remy’s 12th goal of the season came in the 92nd minute at St James’ Park and served as a timely reminder of the loan signing’s potency, with other potential suitors also casting eyes over him. “As a football manager, you are on 40 points – I think we have had a decent season. But the recent run put pressure on myself and the team, and my staff as well. “I don’t feel comfortable when my staff are under pressure. You can be very resilient as a manager, but I was uncomfortable for my staff this week. “I was desperate to get them a result, and it was for them that I really wanted to get a win, and obviously our fans, who have had to be very, very patient at home.” It was Newcastle’s first win in five attempts and their first on home soil since Boxing Day, with their previous five fixtures on Tyneside having all ended in defeat. For Villa boss Paul Lambert, it was a case of what might have been as his side enjoyed a purple patch in the first half but failed to make the pressure tell. Lambert said: “I thought we deserved at least a point out of it, especially after the first-half showing. “I thought we were excellent in that first half. In the second half, Newcastle came at us strongly, but I don’t think either team probably deserved to win the game. “It’s really disappointing and frustrating because I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. But with 30 seconds to go, you have got to play the ball long. “You can’t take a chance in that situation and we got punished.” last_img read more

Poll: Should the Carrier Dome ban its use of the ‘Kiss Cam’?

first_img Published on September 22, 2015 at 2:06 am The “Kiss Cam” was not used during Saturday’s football game between the Orange and Central Michigan following a Letter to the Editor published Friday on Syracuse.com.The author of the letter argued that in some instances shown this season, the woman on screen clearly didn’t want to participate, but was kissed anyway by the man in the frame. Both the instances highlighted in the letter involved students, the author said.Should the Carrier Dome ban its use of the “Kiss Cam”?Yes, it should be bannedNo, it should not be banned, but it should not feature the student sectionThe “Kiss Cam” should continue to operate as isVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould the Carrier Dome ban its use of the “Kiss Cam”? Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more