Grading for equity: Promoting excellence for all
The EMPOWER program consists of multiple modules, with each module made up of a series of workshops. The program is designed to support faculty, staff and students who want to foster an inclusive climate by actively promoting practices that advance equity for all members of our engineering community. Below is information on the Grading for Equity module.*
Targeted Audience: Faculty, Staff
Contacts: Lisa Pruitt, associate dean for students, firstname.lastname@example.org; Fatima Alleyne, director of community engagement and inclusive practices, email@example.com
Workshop 1: Foundational principles
Thursday, July 9, 3-5 p.m. via Zoom
This workshop provides a brief historical presentation on traditional classroom grading and explores more equitable grading practices. Alternatives to the 100-point scale are introduced. Unintended biases in traditional grading are examined. Examples for equitable assessment of student mastery in small and large classes are discussed.
Workshop 2: Applications to virtual classrooms
Monday, Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom
This workshop explores more equitable grading practices in our virtual STEM classrooms. Summative assessment models are examined. Faculty will engage in an interactive discussion to explore assessment methods for their upcoming courses.
Workshop 3: Putting concepts to practice
Monday, Aug. 24, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom
This workshop affords participants an interactive opportunity to explore grading rubrics and equitable assessments. Faculty will have the opportunity to discuss course syllabi and how they plan to implement equitable assessments in their upcoming courses. Faculty will engage in an interactive discussion to explore assessment methods for their upcoming courses.
Workshop 4: Community of practice
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m. via Zoom
This workshop affords an interactive opportunity for faculty to convene and share how they employed equitable grading strategies. Faculty will have the opportunity to share best practices and problem-solve any ongoing issues in their courses or classrooms. This workshop will foster a community of collaboration.
*This module was first offered in Spring 2020.