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Course Performance Reports to go online

Students can request written evaluations for S/NC courses online through Advising Sidekick

By
Contributing Writer
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An online system for Course Performance Reports has replaced the issuance of hard copy reports.

The reports enable students who are taking courses using the S/NC grade option to receive written evaluations of their performances from their professors, according to the Dean of the College’s website.

Students can now request a CPR from a professor on Brown’s Advising Sidekick webpage. Both the student and faculty member submit their portion to ASK under the “My Reports” tab, where it is stored and eventually sent to a school or organization at the student’s request.

“Unlike the paper copy, the student will have ready access to their CPRs completed via ASK online rather than hunt for where they placed the physical paper copy,” wrote Robert Fitzgerald, the University registrar in an email to The Herald.

“I think it will definitely be easier, especially for someone like me with messy handwriting,” said Douglas Brown, director of the Writing Center and Writing Fellows program. “However, usually only one in five students request a report, so it won’t affect everyone.”

Some undergraduates also voiced their approval of the change.

“Sometimes applying to jobs or grad schools with S/NC on your transcript seems disadvantageous compared to someone who took the same class and got an A, so this could be really helpful,” said Michelle Frea ’14. “This will be especially useful to seniors who may want to be able to take a lot of classes S/NC.”

“It makes me a bit more comfortable taking courses S/NC, though I’m not sure how much the application reader will actually pay attention to (the evaluation). If anything, it’s an incentive to perform well in S/NC classes,” said Jayson Marwaha ’14.

 

— With reporting by Emmajean Holley