Faculty: ‘We’re doing everything within our power…to get them through these difficult times’
Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced two efforts on Wednesday to provide additional student relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an unprecedented action, UW-Green Bay faculty passed a resolution unanimously supporting more equitable and accommodating academic grading for the remainder of this semester. In addition, the University announced a program to provide assistance to student employees whose on-campus positions have been affected by the pandemic.
The resolution is the first of its kind for the University and recognizes the unprecedented times and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Professor Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies), a member of the University Committee, drafted the resolution based on suggestions from faculty across campus departments and disciplines.
“The faculty of UW-Green Bay are deeply concerned about our students, many of whom face serious challenges in shifting all instruction online under these urgent conditions,” Shelton said. “We don’t want to see any of our students’ aspirations get derailed, especially because of circumstances outside of their control. So, we passed this resolution to make sure they know we are going to do everything in our power to adjust our grading to get them through these difficult times.”
Steps might include weighting grades more heavily on projects completed in the first part of the semester; changing the “grading curve” in individual courses, or offering students a choice of final assignments that can better accommodate …
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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.