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Revise and Resubmit

What would you do if you had a second chance? In my line of work, when I submit an article or proposal I can often get the opportunity to revise and resubmit the article or proposal. Well, a rejection requires assessing where the article goes next! ┬áBut, this post isn’t really about me. Instead, I am thinking of students and their need for second chances. There are moments when a second chance is needed. I do not like to think of myself as heartless when it comes to special situations; however, I also do not like feeling like I am someone’s rube.

There are these moments, when I have to step back and think about what is the cost of allowing a revision for a student. The revision might offer the student the chance for success or the opportunity to try to do better on the particular assignment. Ultimately, I do want students to learn and feel success. However, the means by which this is done is through their hard work. Then, I need to balance the entire group and think about my willingness to offer a second chance to 20-200 people. This is when it get tricky.

One thing that I am having to grapple with is the trickle of students who come to my office hours informing me that they did not do well on an assignment based on not just feeling prepared or some other issue that sounds like mere excuse. Here, I am not speaking to an illness or other major issue. Part of life is managing multiple stressors and responsibilities; yet, a cold before a major assignment is supposed to make a major difference. I cannot comprehend this as an excuse. Perhaps I am contradicting my last post. I feel patient, but less patient due to excuses. And, my syllabi include all the due dates and all the assignments. Is this a rant post? Tilts head and thinks–yes, but a short one.

I love Grumpy Cat and I suppose it is well-known. A colleague from another unit gave this to me and I keep on taking photos of it–knowing that Grumpy Cat would hate it.

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2 thoughts on “Revise and Resubmit

  1. I say no to second changes, with a highly subjective “but” for extraordinary circumstances. Life is not about second changes: – drinking and driving that causes an accident; there’s only one chance to interview; and one chance to apply for a loan. The extraordinary circumstances should be subject to your approval; – major family emergency or illness, that can be backed up with evidence. Unfortunately, there are too many people who have ruined it for all of us.
    As an MBA student now, I have heard people asking for exceptions and wonder why they need more chances than me; I have the same daunting responsibilities. Life is about choices; – meet the deadlines or not. Life is the rubric / syllabus people; buck up!

    • Dear Angela: You make such an important point—life is the rubric. And, if the circumstances are extraordinary that is one thing! Best of luck with juggling two full-time projects at the same time.
      Janni

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