Hopkins Students Object to Change in Grading System

May 31, 2016

Students at Johns Hopkins University are objecting to a plan to end the practice of "covering" the grades of freshmen during their first semester, The Baltimore Sun reported. Under the policy, students receive either satisfactory or unsatisfactory as their grades. Even though students learn the letter grade they would have received, the information is not shared on transcripts for future applications to graduate school or for employment. University officials said that they fear the system delays students who need extra help from seeking it out. But students say that the current policy works well, reduces pressure during the first semester and is especially important to disadvantaged students who arrive at Hopkins without the benefits of the high school preparation wealthier students have received.

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