Monday, June 20, 2016

Purgradtory

Purgradtory (pur' gred tor e) noun, plural purgradtories.

The several days after submitting final grades when a community college teacher must field communications from students complaining about said grades, pleading for a change of grade, asking for new extra credit assignments, and/or declaring the need for a higher grade for transfer to some outside program.

Example: I will likely be in purgradtory through the middle of this week.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Traub on Open Admissions

As recounted by Scherer and Anson in their book, Community Colleges and the Access Effect (2014, Chapter 11):
Traub famously wrote in City on a Hill: Testing the American Dream at City College, a chronicling of the 1969 lowering of admissions standards motivated by the pursuit of equity, “Open admissions was one of those fundamental questions about which, finally, you had to make an almost existential choice. Realism said: It doesn’t work. Idealism said: It must.”