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Volume 34 Issue 16

Grade INFLATION: Grade Expectations: Students often have too high an opinion of their work >

April 18th, 2002

As Pitt recruits more undergraduates with sky-high SAT scores and hypertrophic high school QPA's, some professors have noticed increasing shock, disbelief and anger among students who earn lower-than-A grades in their courses. Indirectly, the profs say, students' indignation can translate into grade inflation, as faculty face the choice: Appease students by awarding high grades, or […]

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Region's 1st Huntington's clinic established >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt has established the region's first Huntington's disease (HD) Clinic. The clinic will offer genetic testing and counseling and conduct research on the disease that affects 30,000 Americans, with as many as 1,500 western Pennsylvanians considered at risk for developing the disease. A fatal, degenerative brain disorder that primarily strikes men and women between the […]

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Grade INFLATION: Provost Maher on grading at Pitt >

April 18th, 2002

In an interview this week, Provost James Maher talked about Pitt grading policies and practices. "I don't think there would be anything to be gained from my office accusing certain professors or academic units of inflating grades," Pitt's chief academic officer said. "My approach is to press faculty, generally, to keep looking at their grading, […]

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ELI accredited for 5 years >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt's English Language Institute (ELI) was recently accredited for five years by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. National accreditation of intensive English as a second language programs is new in the United States, and Pitt's English Language Institute is among the first 30 such programs to be accredited. ELI is part of the […]

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2 legislators say they will look into additional costs for Petersen center >

April 18th, 2002

Two state legislators plan to press Pitt's administration for more details on financing of the Petersen Events Center, following reports that the University is seeking an additional $10 million on top of the $53 million that the state already has committed to the project. Pitt had hoped to inaugurate "The Pete" by holding April 28's […]

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Voter registration deadline nears >

April 18th, 2002

April 22 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for voter registration for the Pennsylvania primary. The election will be held May 21. Candidates for the following offices will be on the ballot: governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania state senators in even-numbered districts and state representatives. Eligible voters not registered, whose legal name […]

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Teaching ethics in the classroom >

April 18th, 2002

What is the litmus test to determine if an action is unethical? “Ethically, I can’t kill you, but I can take your job,” Pitt professor Steve Farber pointed out at last month’s conference on ethics sponsored by Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). “Taking your job certainly has an adverse effect on […]

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CLC offers 2 new programs >

April 18th, 2002

The College of General Studies' Computer Learning Center (CLC) is offering two new certificate programs in database development and business software usage. In addition, the center has become an approved education provider under Pennsylvania Act 48, which requires an educator to set aside 180 hours for professional development activities every five years in order to […]

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