[FUN_Mail] FUN_Mail Digest, Vol 51, Issue 45

MARY E. MORRISON Morrison at lycoming.edu
Mon Mar 30 13:08:20 EDT 2020

Hi Chris,

You should consult your campus's prehealth advisor.  There has been a very robust discussion of this issue among members of NAAHP, the national prehealth advisors' organization.  The response of medical schools to this change at many undergrad campuses is not yet formulated.  But it's clear they will have to deal with this issue, as many campuses are not giving students any choice about going to P/F at all.

As for graduate schools--I believe that Barbara Lom is FUN's representative on that SfN committee.  Barbara, has there been any discussion about this issue across grad schools on that committee yet?

Stay well out there everyone,

Mary E. Morrison, Ph.D.
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) President
Assistant Professor 
Biology Department Chair
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Lycoming College
Room 107 Heim Building
1 College Place
Williamsport, PA 17701
morrison at lycoming.edu

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:23:51 +0000
From: "Korey, Christopher A" <KoreyC at cofc.edu>
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Subject: [FUN_Mail] New P/F Options and Advice for Students
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Dar Colleagues,

I hope this finds you all safe and healthy in these unusual times. I am sending this message to gather some advice about how to best advise students considering graduate school in the context of COVID-19 P/F policies for this semester. Our institution has created a policy that will allow students to choose a Pass (A to D-) or No Pass (F and WA ? excessive absences) once grades have been posted for the semester. The student will receive course credit toward graduation and major requirements, but the grade is not factored into their GPA.

This is entirely the student?s choice and they can pick and choose individual courses. Faculty will grade their courses as they normally would and post letter grades.  There will also be a transcript notation for this semester highlighting the unusual nature of this semester so that there is a historical record.

I have had several students who are considering graduate school ask me how graduate admissions committees will view the choice to take a Pass rather than the letter grade. For example, a student is likely to earn a C in Cell Biology and is considering taking the Pass.  Should she do this? Will committees take into account the significant disruption to a student?s ability to learn in the current environment?

I would particularly like to hear from faculty that have schools that have PhD programs. Thanks for responding in this generally stressful and overwhelming time.


Christopher Korey, Ph.D.
Professor | Biology Department
Faculty Affiliate | Women?s and Gender Studies Faculty Fellow | Center for Academic Performance and Persistence

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