Idaho’s Boise State University is hosting an event next week entitled “Inclusive Teaching Means Inclusive Grading, Too.” It’s listed as part of the BUILD certificate program, or Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity.
The program’s stated purpose is to help participants gain knowledge of, demonstrate commitment to, and become a campus leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. The [writer] attempted to obtain more information on the faculty workshop, which is hidden behind a campus login screen, but the administration did not respond to email or phone calls.
Although the specifics of this event are shrouded in secrecy, other events held by different universities shed light on it.
BSU’s event has the exact same name as a previous University of Tennessee-Knoxville faculty workshop. It was aimed to “engage instructors in conversations and activities designed to foreground diversity and inclusion in considerations of assessment and grading practices.”
The University of Michigan held a faculty workshop with a near-identical name as well. The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching stated on its website that attending teachers would “be asked to review their own practices” on grading throughout the event.
This workshop is reminiscent of one held in February at American University, designed to teach faculty “how to assess writing without judging its quality.”