New credit policy proposed for spring semester

Administration responds to student pleas about grades

By Ixchel Sotelo
On April 29, 2020

Photo by Ian Saint:
a gavel in a formal SGA meeting. SGA members no longer meet in person and have recently trasitioned to Zoom meeting,
an online video conferencing application.

 

The Student Government Association held a Zoom meeting on April 24 with administrative officials to discuss a new grading system. 

Senate Bill 91.18 is a bill requesting an optional pass/fail grading system for students in the spring semester of 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASU has decided to implement the non-mandatory procedure for students to have the opportunity to submit an application to have a grade substituted by a credit or no credit for the completion of the course. 

The attendees of the meeting included Angie Wright, interim president, Don Topliff, vice president of academic affairs and Javier Flores, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management.

“The student that makes a request through an application can apply to have a grade moved from the standard grade of A, B, C, D, F or I into a credit or no credit grade,” Topliff said. “To be eligible for credit, a student has to have a C or better in that course. Ds and Fs will be eligible to be changed to no credit.” 

ASU’s Office of Communications and Marketing sent out an email to all students on April 24 regarding information about the application process as well as eligibility and deadlines. The financial aid and scholarship office are also involved in the policy.

“There will be quite a bit of communication on the scholarship side, especially on the Carr academic side,” Flores said. “I would encourage students to contact the scholarship office as soon as grades are posted just to say, ‘What can I do based on my grades?’ We’re going look at every different scenario that benefits the student the most.”

Another new application that has risen from the pandemic is the CARES Act grant.

“Angelo State did receive $3.2 million to award directly to our students,” Wright said. “We’ve had teams of people working on getting the process out there, getting questions answered of who is eligible for this and getting a form out there so you can request the funds.”

Seeing as the Summer I and II terms will be given online only, ASU will continue to offer the free summer housing program based on emergency housing. Flores said lack of internet connection and an unconducive environment is a valid reason for emergency housing.

The administration also addressed that it is still undetermined whether or not the fall 2020 semester will be held online or face-to-face.

“There are so many variables that we have to look at,” Topliff said. “We want to be back on campus face to face as bad as you do, but we can’t do it in an irresponsible way. Our job is to take care of you as students, and at the end of the day we want you to get an education, get a degree from Angelo State University, and then we want to watch you go out into the world and be productive citizens.”

To conclude the meeting, sophomores Kristen Kilpatrick and Brady Floyd were sworn into their official positions as president and vice president of SGA.

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