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Opinion: Let's talk about grades

April 11, 2023
By Andréa Cartile

This image shows the top view of a dark wood desk. On the desk is a computer screen, several pieces of looseleaf containing notes, a laptop, and a silver lamp. Our current systems rely on grades as metrics for entry or exclusion, which means we select specifically for people who are able to do well on timed written exams in many spaces. Perhaps this is an opportunity to think about who we are excluding from these spaces, how else we can measure learning, and attribute excellence. | Credit: Andrea Cartile.

This op-ed by Andrea Cartile, doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering and 2022-2023 Public Scholar, discusses grades as gate-keeping mechanisms for access to scholarships and discussion spaces. This article was published on April 7, 2023 as part of the Public Scholars program.

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