A new COVID-19 grading policy for Spring 2020 was presented at the most recent Academic Senate meeting on May 4. The policy proposed consideration of the following: that all withdrawals (W) be converted to excused withdrawal (EW), all F grades be automatically converted to EW and students earning a D grade may petition for an EW if needed. According to Dean of Instructional Services, Stephanie Fleming, who presented the policy, this would allow student petitions for D grades to be automatically converted to EW. These …
PCC extends excused withdrawals and refunds deadline
After the Chancellor’s Office temporarily suspended student withdrawal regulations due to the global pandemic, PCC students can now drop classes through excused withdrawals (EW) and have their enrollment fees refunded through June 14, according to the campus website. Prior to the novel coronavirus shutting down campus life, students only had until the second week of the semester to drop with a refund. With this temporary change, refunds will be automatically allowed for each student that drops a course. Currently, classes can only be processed through …
PCC students petition for Pass/No Pass grading
Updated: As of April 2, the deadline for a student to choose a pass/no pass grading option for spring 2020 classes has been extended to June 5. Unit limit rules for pass/no pass classes have been suspended for the time being.
What’s up with PCC’s enrollment going down?
Despite college enrollment more than doubling nationally since 1971, PCC’s enrollment has decreased due to multiple factors, including low unemployment rates, rising housing costs and a tense political climate for undocumented students.
New zero-cost textbook classes minimize educational barriers
Recently, Pasadena City College took action to create an easier way for students to take classes without the need of purchasing expensive textbooks. Beginning during the Winter 2018 intersession, students are able to search the course catalog for classes that only use zero-cost textbooks. This applies to not only traditional classes, but also online classes. These classes will utilize only open educational resources (OER) available for free online. The initiative is part of the College Textbook Affordability Act that was passed back in 2015 by …
The times they are a-changin’ in education
When students discuss the option of dropping courses to family members and or friends, the topic is always quite controversial because the reasoning behind it will always differ for everyone.
New Rosemead site to offer more classes
Midterms are on the horizon and yet PCC will be offering 80 more sections to help students get more classes they need at the newly added Pasadena City College Rosemead site.
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Reporting by Raymond Bernal. Photos by John Novak and Concepcion Gonzalez