COVID-19, Social Justice, and Higher Education (PASS’20)

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The Policies Analysis: Spring Semester 2020 (PASS’20) project seeks $10,000 to crowdsource the gathering of COVID-19 grading policies at approximately 1500 not-for-profit colleges and universities offering four-year degrees. The goal of this timely work is to shine a light on grading policies’ effects on inclusion, diversity, and equity. Different schemes for reading Spring 2020 transcripts could disenfranchise students from underrepresented groups. PASS’20 centers on understanding the distribution and magnitude of this disenfranchisement.

PASS’20 will link the grading policy from each of 1500 colleges and universities with information about the institution and its student body. With this data in hand, PASS’20 will advise employers, graduate schools, and professional schools on interpreting Spring 2020 transcripts for hiring or admissions purposes. PASS’20 statistical analyses will help employers and graduate programs understand the potential effects of transcript reading on various populations, and in doing so, help them maintain their commitments to inclusion, diversity, and equity. Additionally, PASS’20 will provide an interactive website as a community resource for interacting with the data.

Primary Goal: Provide a report containing a statistical analysis of college grading policies for Spring 2020 and evidence-based recommendations for interpreting transcripts for hiring or admission.

Auxiliary Goal: Provide an interactive website that allows users to understand the data.