MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

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An End-of-Semester Request
OK, you know I like you guys, right?

My goal is to generate a lot of A's in this class, but it's an unfortunate reality that it won't work out perfectly for everybody. Each semester there are a smattering of A-minuses and B-plusses and a few grades lower than that (from a B all the way down to F.) When you think about it, it really has to be this way. If literally everybody was getting A's this would not be a real college-level class - it is supposed to be at least somewhat challenging.

Now that the semester is over, I have a pretty simple request - please do not contact me about your grade unless you think I made a legitimate mistake.

At the end of every semester I get a handful of emails from students who are unhappy with their mark and are looking for some kind of favor. Some ask for extra credit opportunities and other just seem to want me to change their grade because they asked nicely. Usually they need it for their GPA - maybe they are worried about meeting the requirements of the Zicklin school, keeping their scholarship, or getting off of academic probation. Also, for some reason there are a lot of dudes who just assert that they "worked their butt off" and deserve better than what they got.

I can't offer you anything that I didn't offer the whole class. It wouldn't be fair. So, the answer to these requests always has to be no, no matter who is asking.

Teachers have a name for this phenomenon, and it's not very nice - they call it grade-grubbing. I would go further that what I've already said and encourage you to never grade-grub with any of your professors. Many would tell you that they are getting more of these requests every year, and it's not how college is supposed to work.


Also, people often ask why their grade doesn't "round up" to the next grade. Let's say the website says your final average is 92.6. Isn't this really like a 93? The answer is no, grades are not supposed to be rounded. An A is any number equal to or greater than 93. A 92.9 is an A-. Baruch makes this clear enough on this page.

So, I am genuinely sorry if things didn't work out quite like you hoped, and I hope you understand that there is nothing I can do at this point. Let's agree to leave things the way they are and look forward to a great summer.

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