A New Year greeting from a student:
I was wondering what I received on the final essay, and how close I was to
receiving a C+ in your class. I am .7 away from reaching my scholarship
and was wondering by any chance if you could round my grade or if I can do
any extra credit of some sort to raise my grade. If there is anything I
can do please let me know.
Not sure what to do with this. First: the student’s not even close to a C+, sitting with a final grade of 74%, after having missed one quiz, bombed most of the rest, and done poorly on the final (a take-home essay, no less). In short: the student earned a C, not a C+. I’m inclined to tell the student that, and comfort myself in having upheld the standards that we value so dearly.
But. (A) Do I really want this student to not get the scholarship? and (B) As a “Visiting Full-Time Instructor” (read: temp), do I really give a shit? Is it worth the time, energy, grief, and potentially bad press at the non-research, student-oriented institution where I am now teaching and hope to get another gig next year?
Internets, I call on thee for wisdom!