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Surveying the semester with OMETs

Professors often have difficulty encouraging students to complete OMET surveys at the end of a semester. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018

As each semester winds down and students begin to prepare for finals, they are burdened with one more task to complete — OMETs. OMET — Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching — is a department at Pitt that administers a survey of student opinion for professors. The main objective of the ...

Making the grade: Professors set aside time to score student work

Anthropology professor Robert Hayden often spends more than an hour grading a single paper. (Photo by Aaron Schoen | Staff Photographer)

By Salina Pressimone, Caroline Bourque and Rachel Glasser | TPN Staff

December 11, 2017

Last weekend you could probably find Leonardo Solano buried in the dissertation room of Hillman, or pocketed away somewhere in Panera Bread, grading 160 pages of undergraduate Spanish papers. While it usually takes graduate students such as Solano a long time to grade papers during the semester, finals...

Put the fun back in finals

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Sarah Shearer | Senior Columnist

December 11, 2017

“You can do this Tiana — you always make it through in the end,” Tiana Han says resolutely to herself. Han, a Pitt junior and biology major, lights a candle, settles into the desk in her apartment and gets down to business. She will only be there for a few hours at a time, though, taking break...

SGB pushes reading day initiative

Student Government Board discussed adding a reading day to Pitt's academic schedule during its weekly meeting on Tuesday, April 4. Stephen Caruso | Assistant Visual Editor

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017

With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

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