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Ask Professor De to change grading strategy for Econ B4000! CCNY Spring 2012

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Classmates, please sign this petition that will be sent to both Professor De and Professor Nagler. We are asking for Professor De to reconsider his grading distribution for Labor Economics, spring 2012. Specifically, we have the following grievances: 1. The second exam (MT2) was unfair and not representative of class work or textbook content. It was primarily a microeconomics exam. That would be fine if it was a microeconomics course, but it was not. Our grade should be primarily determined by our knowledge of Labor Economics concepts not microeconomics concepts. The fact that the second exam average was 50-55% should indicate that most students were caught off guard and had no way of preparing for the exam since more than half the questions on the exam were not related to course materials. The exam was unfair and unrepresentative of Labor Economics material and content. We are requesting grades be thrown out or the weight reduced for MT #2. As a class we did not complain at the time because we were assured that the grades would be curved and told that if you did well on the presentation "You will be fine". 2. The rules of how our grade would be calculated changed 3 times during the semester. We went from each midterm having a weight of 25%, a paper worth 20% and presentation worth 30% to midterm 1 25%, midterm 2 30%, quiz 20% and final presentation 25%, then to midterm 1 25%, midterm 2 30%, final presentation 45%! How are we supposed to track our own progress during the semester if the rules change several times during the semester? 3. No As were given out in the entire class. This is strange and unacceptable. Clearly no curving was allowed for and students were not given a clear path to earn an A in this course. Again, the second midterm is the clear hurdle. Microeconomics is taught at a separate course at the school and while understanding a linkage between the two subjects, exam content should measure Labor economics knowledge. Thank you for signing this petition. We have limited time, please sign and forward as soon as possible. Thanks and have a nice holiday weekend! Brian

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