After Penn State has put the new pass/fail rule into effect this year, I have been lenient on my studying and focusing on my schoolwork. As finals are coming soon students realize the grade they need for a certain grade in their course. For example, I need a 90% on my final to get a B in a class. But, I am saying to myself I don’t really need to study because I am going to “pass” this class so it doesn’t affect my GPA. Students realize that they don’t have to affect their GPA at all, and I believe this was a very bad idea for Penn State. Being a student, I love it, and I understand why the University did this. It is a good option for students during this terrible time and it gives them the opportunity to not get bad grades since it may be harder to learn not being in class and learning on Zoom.
Many different schools have opted to do this for their school and it has gotten many different reviews by students, teachers, and parents. Most of the parents and students believe this is a great idea because it is technically a lot harder to learn online and they are not getting the correct education that they paid for. The dean of the College of Iowa says, “This benefits students at this moment by providing more agency and flexibility to students within an ever-shifting set of circumstances that few people saw coming” (Harris). She is exactly right and this opens up many other opportunities for the students.