Deadline for final grades cut short for instructors



City College is implementing a new 48-hour deadline for all instructors’ grade submissions.

Final grades were previously expected to arrive within 5 days of the last business day of the semester.

“The two summer sessions forced us into the two day deadlines,” explained Academic Senate President Kim Monda. “ It wasn’t completely absorbed when the whole thing came forward. It did seem like the only option to meet our budget and pay our salaries.”

48-hours will be enforced though most institutions were unaware of this change and believed it to only be applied at the end of the spring session and first summer session.

There’ll also be a tight 15-minute passing period between final blocks. This allotted time created controversy for informed instructors and Academic Senate members.

The Academic Senate is hashing out the deadline conflicts. This resulted from negative responses by City College’s instructors.

The Academic Senate chose to review this during the last meeting Sept. 10, 2014.

Instructors and members of the Academic Senate are concerned because the time it usually takes to grade every student’s final may exceed the 48-hour deadline.

It was brought up at the meeting that teachers are feeling inclined to move away from written finals toward multiple-choice Scantron exams for efficiency. 

As a student…I didn’t care about feedback”

— Jack Friedlander, Executive Vice President

The way educational material is presented to students in the future could be affected because of the rapid turn around time for grades, and it calls to question how this will affect the learning process.

Students were given notification regarding their appeal rights as well as the allotted time it must be completed.

The two summer sessions are experimental and are pending for future use.

An ad hoc committee consisting of Academic Senate members was established to oversee the impending matter.

“I’m not proud of this comment–but as a student–when I took an exam–I didn’t care about feedback,” Executive Vice President of City College Jack Friedlander, added in the Academic Senate discussion. “That had no value to my grade on my final exam.”