UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Stand down, everyone. We shall post more info when we have it, but in the meantime, it appears that we can pencil in December 15th as a due date for grades (see the comments below).
UPDATE: So, in light of Matt U’s question on the Next Up post, I wrote to our Registrar to find out if a due date had been set. I’ll have more on her response later, but in the meantime, I think we should go with the petition idea, but change the audience to VP Hader (for deliver to the OD meeting working on the assumption that the date reported to FC4 is the planned date. Carry on.
I am totally serious about this one. These grade deadlines have made me angry since I started here primarily for their unreasonableness. They have been justified by the need of the registrar’s office staff to enter and verify the grades for all of the classes before the “system” is shut down. They get a week to enter and verify the grades, while we have anywhere from 8 to 48 hours to assign them (which really ends up pushing everyone’s finals into Week 15 and blowing a week of class time). Talk about a perverse incentive for providing a meaningful assessment of student learning–the grading time is actually a disincentive for doing anything other than scantron. But I digress.
My point HERE is that we should object. So, per the post last night, I’d like to suggest that someone from each department post a petition (copy and paste the following and tape it to a wall near the mailboxes), reading:
Dear Registrar Wiley:
We the faculty request that we be provided an adequate amount of time from the end of classes to evaluate and calculate student grades. In light of the efficiencies that are to be realized from the electronic submission of grades (hooray!), please consider changing the submission date for final grades from Saturday, December 11th to at least Monday, December 13th, if not later (if possible). Thank you in advance for your assistance.
The Undersigned Faculty
Be sure to leave enough signature lines for the adjuncts in your department, too. I will go around to the department offices on Wednesday morning, collect them and deliver them to the registrar, with copies to the Dean of Instruction.