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Local Universities Are Changing Policy on Freshman Year Grades

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For years now, first-year undergraduate students haven’t had to worry too much about their grades during their first semester at college. That’s because the university followed a policy known as “covered grades,” which keeps first-semester grades out of GPA calculations and off student transcripts. By essentially making first semester pass/fail, advocates of covered grades say, students can find their footing during the difficult first few months of college, without stressing out too much about their specific test scores.

Johns Hopkins Mistakenly Sends Acceptance Letters to Rejected Students

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This Saturday, 294 students who had applied early decision to Johns Hopkins got happy news in their inboxes. Embrace the YES! the email read. Welcome to the Class of 2019! We can’t wait for you to get to campus. The only problem? The students had been sent the email in error–they had actually been rejected from Hopkins, not accepted.

Big Fish: Onward and Upward With New Goucher President Jose Bowen

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Jose Bowen’s CV is 33 pages long, and it reads like a how-to guide to a liberal arts education. A musicologist with four Stanford degrees under his belt, starting with a B.S. in Chemistry, Bowen has risen quickly through the ranks of academia – at Stanford, the University of Southampton (England), Georgetown University, Miami University, and for the past eight years, as Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

I Too Am Goucher: Students Take a Stand Against Campus Racism

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tumblr_nd5ff8LXgf1u1000jo1_1280Earlier this year, we reported on the I, Too, Am Hopkins website, which was a local take on a national trend in which college students of color take to the internet to share their experiences with racism, prejudice, ignorance, and plain old idiocy. We were happy to see another school take on the trend this month, with I, Too Am Goucher.

It’s College Rankings Time Again

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It’s the time of year that college administrators and admissions officials have been waiting for: the annual release of U.S. News’s college rankings. Even as the whole idea of rankings had been heavily criticized, and despite other magazines trying to steal the glory by developing their own lists, the U.S. News list remains a focus for students and administrators alike. Here’s how local schools measured up this year:

On the Tenure Clock: A Cautionary Tale

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image via mycollegesandcareers.com
image via mycollegesandcareers.com

As Goucher writing prof Kathy Flann endured five years of tenure-track hell, her health fell apart and she began to question her own creative work–you won’t guess what happened next.

When I landed what’s known as a “tenure-track” job teaching creative writing at Goucher College, it was the culmination of long and arduous quest. There were so many fiction writers clambering for university teaching positions that several hundred people would sometimes apply for an opening.

Congratulations! Nevermind! Goucher Accidentally Accepts 60 Rejected Students

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Several dozen high school students had a very good day turn very bad this week, when Goucher College announced that 60 of its “Congratulations, you’ve been accepted!” emails were sent in error.

Baltimore Police May Have Nabbed the Towson Robbers

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The two student robberies happened near this Towson intersection. Photo via WJZ.
The two student robberies happened near this Towson intersection. Photo via WJZ.

Baltimore County Police have arrested three men who they suspect might be the ones behind the stabbing and robbery of a Towson University student and the assault and robbery of a Goucher College student — as well as a dozen other robberies in the Towson area.

Towson on Alert: Two College Students Attacked in Two Days

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As we reported on Monday, a Towson student was stabbed and robbed near campus. The police were unable to find the suspects… and then the very next night, the same thing happened: a college student in Towson (this time a Goucher student) was menaced by a group of young men who robbed and threatened to stab him. This second incident took place less than 24 hours after the first, and less than a block away on East Burke Avenue.

What Schools’ Summer Reading Picks Reveal

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Last year, I wrote that colleges’ summer reading picks for incoming freshmen could be seen as “a litmus test for how a school sees itself.” Intellectual? Cutting-edge? Not too difficult? There’s a book that fits that description! This year, Baltimore Fishbowl continues that tradition of overanalyzing freshman required reading from local universities: