What’s a visiting professor? Who cares about course evals? A guide to hiring, tenure and promotion at the 5Cs

This article is the first in a series exploring the faculty hiring and tenure process at the 5Cs. What is tenure, how do you get it and why do some professors seem so stressed out about it?  Tenure can mean a few different things at different academic institutions, but it

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With enrollment doubled and staffing down a third, Harvey Mudd engineering students face a tough year

While the pandemic has presented challenges for students across the board, engineering students at Harvey Mudd College are having a particularly difficult time this year. The inability to take in-person classes during the pandemic translated to a surge in enrollment this year for required classes like E80, Experimental Engineering. Coupled with a faculty shortage in the department caused by a hiring freeze amid the pandemic, students say the surge is making a notoriously demanding program even more difficult.

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The Claremont Colleges implement policy changes to support faculty caregivers

The 5Cs have adopted various policies to accommodate faculty with familial caregiving responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic, including making adjustments to requirements for the tenure process and allowing more flexibility in teaching schedules. 

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Scripps switches to default pass/no record grading, keeps letter grade option

Scripps faculty voted to make pass/no record grading the default for spring 2020, but maintained a letter grade option.

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Pitzer switches to universal pass/no record grading, passes to count as As for GPA

Pitzer faculty voted Wednesday to move to a universal pass/no record policy that makes passed classes equivalent to As for students’ GPAs.

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