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Educating on Equitable Grading Policies

vitalvoices Speaker Series Final Fall Event Nov. 17


By Sheryl E. Taylor

When schools closed last spring due to the pandemic, educators at all levels had to alter their grading policies and practices to accommodate changes in learning formats. This school year, educators continue their struggle to ensure grading policies and practices are equitable, meaningful, and fair for ALL students.

For its final vitalvoices Speaker Series event of the fall semester, the Center for Public Service & Community Research presents “Grading Students Learning From Home & in Hybrid Formats” with Dr. Thomas Guskey 6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Guskey, Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, is a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, the author of 25 award-winning books, and an international expert on K-16 grading.

To register for this virtual event, click here. The first 100 registrants will be entered into a raffle for a signed copies of Guskey’s new book “Get, Set, Go! Creating Successful Grading & Reporting Systems.”

For more information contact Steven Villano, Director of Center for Public Service & Community Research, at villanos@uhd.edu.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.