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Pitt to allow in-person classes if ‘definable benefit,’ remainder to stay online during Elevated posture

Pitt's Faculty Assembly met Wednesday afternoon.

By Rebecca Johnson, Jon Moss, and Alice Tang

September 9, 2020

Provost Ann Cudd said in a Wednesday afternoon email to faculty members that they can apply to teach their classes in person if there is a “definable benefit” to in-person instruction, and if an instructor’s dean or regional campus president approves teaching plans.

Editorial: Top 10 reasons to drop a class

Finding the motivation to go to class in an ideal situation is already hard enough.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2020

Here’s a list of the top 10 reasons we’re dropping classes — and we suspect you are too — before the add/drop period ends on Jan. 17:

Opinion |  5 niche courses that fulfill your gen ed requirements

The English department’s Childhood’s Books class covers books such as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and fulfils the literature general education requirement.

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

August 19, 2019

These are a few niche courses that also fulfill general education requirements. 

Students mix beer and engineering

Professor Robert Parker addresses his students during a quiz in his class, Engineering a Craft Brewery, Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

February 16, 2018

Groups of students sat around several computer-topped desks in a Benedum Hall classroom, casually making conversation as they waited for their Thursday afternoon class to begin. Suddenly, a question flashed across the screen: “Belgian or German wheat beer?”   Professor Robert Parker repeated this ...

Pitt professors teach what they write

Elementary Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture, textbook written by Pitt Professor Nancy Pfenning, Ph.D.  (Photo by Rachel Glasser | News Editor)

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

September 13, 2017

Few students enjoy buying textbooks for their classes, but Olivia Raymond was eager to  purchase her elementary statistics textbook last spring knowing its author would also be her professor. “I was happy because I figured that the class would closely follow the book, so the book would be more rel...

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