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Could you get a letter from your university that such a rule existed? I believe they should definitely give you that. You can attach this letter with your applications. And if it is possible for your teachers to evaluate your grades without that rule and write another letter for you independently, then it would be fantastic. I doubt though, that this is ...


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If your class rank is good (first?) but your GPA is low, simply highlight your class rank in your application. If your university does not disclose your class rank, then this won't work. Admissions committees know that grading standards vary between institutions. Just give the committee context for your achievements. Compare your performance to the ...


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I am assuming this is US. I want to suggest an alternative. Kindly ask your references to add the situation in their recommendations. I don't think Bill Nace's suggestion is exactly the right one, simple because of this answer. From questions regarding SOPs and from some personal experience I understand that at least some admission bodies in US universities ...


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Yes, mention it, but don't make a big deal out of it. A single sentence like "With regards to my transcript, please note that the lower averages in my first three semesters were due to the University's 78% rule, that is fully described elsewhere on the transcript." Any more than that will look like you are whining or trying to make excuses. But, ...


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I'll write from my experience as an American professor in mathematics. Generally I am happy to receive such emails, and I respond by thanking the writer for their interest, briefly describing our graduate program, and encouraging them to apply. If they ask about my research interests, or other aspects of the program, then I'm happy to answer questions. (Or, ...


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I have two suggestions. You are still early in your studies and it should be possible to change advisors without offending anyone. Find someone who works in the area that you want to follow. Or at least someone with a lot of knowledge about that. I once made a mistake of not changing when I should have and it cost me about three years. If there isn't anyone ...


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As people have said, this varies greatly by field. In my field (psychology), such emails are strongly recommended. In fact, to the point that it was suggested to me to not apply if I did not receive a response. At the very least, check that professors do not have a notice regarding emails or not taking students for 2021-22. In my case, of the three ...


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In my field --- history (so I would think applicable to other humanities disciplines) --- these sorts of e-mails are actively encouraged, and I would recommend e-mailing potential supervisors to see if there's a good fit. Once in a while an application for a PhD applies out of the blue without pre-contacting a supervisor, that's usually rare and it isn't ...


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Behaving unethically, at least as far as it requires or deserves sanctions, requires an element of choice. If the person had no choice, e.g. because of a disability, then sanctions are not called for. It is probably my lack of imagination, but I cannot think of an disability that requires students to act unethically. As to how the law views this: talk to a ...


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Most professors that I know in the US (in computer science) do not want to receive such emails and will ignore them. Many have a note on their website saying so. The expectation is that students should submit an application and only after they are admitted should they talk to faculty. If you are interested in a particular faculty member, you should note this ...


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I think X, Y and Z with both X and Y strong will be just fine. Few undergraduates have had enough contact with faculty to generate three strong letters. The work you did with A and B will be on your CV and you can discuss it in a cover letter. Good luck.


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I think it is impossible to do the conversion. UK universities don't value students with a foreign bachelor's degree as much as those that obtained one at another UK university. Some universities only accept students with a 110/110 grade, which is much harder to obtain than a First (you only need an average of 70%). They underestimate grades from Dutch ...


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Even if you found something in the handbook, then that was probably written before the COVID-19 crisis, so it would not mean much. I would hope that would not be held against you, and you have good arguments, but not everybody is equally reasonable. So the best guess can be made by you, as you know who make the decision.


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Taking an unpaid leave of absence would often factor into tenure decisions. I would begin a discussion with you department head today. Express your concerns. COVID-19 is a very unique circumstance. Surely they could find a way for you to teach remotely if you start a discussion right now. If I was a department chair, I would be finding ways to accommodate my ...


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This would be a local rule and so no advice here is really valid. I assume people will be reasonable, assuming you are in a reasonable place. But It is better to talk to someone with authority at your institution and get a ruling - in writing. The department head, and/or dean, and or head of the tenure committee would all be good to talk to. Don't make any ...


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In the one department I have taught in, it was stated that you have to run the course along similar lines to previous/other instructors (some courses run w/ multiple sections so they need consistency). So absolutely, ask for the existing syllabi. And good luck with your first teaches!


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You are eligible to apply to any doctoral program, but acceptance is a different matter. Everyone seems to want to join a top university's doctoral program according to many questions here. Think about that for a minute. You have thousands of competitors for relatively few slots. Many, not all, top institutions have relatively small math programs. Like ...


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You are the best and should be the only person to answer this question. If I were in your shoes I would consider these points. First, you need to answer the question: what is the objective of you pursuing a PhD degree? Do you wish to become a professor while trying to get into tech entrepreneurship? Do you wish to invent/discover something unique and ...


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I am afraid your question reveals a rather superficial attitude to the matter. You are talking about the whole continents as places for "better PhD" and mention "AI" as a field you are interested in. A fairly standard textbook on AI sitting on my shelf is nearly 1200 pages long, so how can one judge a continent for being a better place ...


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Europe would be a better place for pursuing PhD. One, university education and accommodation cost less over there. Graduates in USA are burdened with heavy debts that take 10 years or more to pay off, whereas their counterparts in Europe pay them off faster within few years. Two, foods there are healthier, none with banned ingredients that are legal in USA. ...


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You should also check to see what classes have your class as a pre-requisite. You want to ensure your students are prepared for what follows.


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A possibility to consider in addition to the other answers: there may be a syllabus template, and you may be required to use it. So yes, ask for existing documents.


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I do the adjunct hiring for my community college department, and we have a certain set of problems that we see repeatedly. One is people teaching a course at the wrong intellectual level (usually too low). Another is not assigning enough work or not giving enough feedback. I would not want a newly hired person to go to an administrative assistant, get a ...


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It is completely appropriate, and can be valuable in the context of the greater curriculum. When I used to teach classes, I would ask the previous lecturer for the syllabus. Most importantly, I would also speak to whomever is teaching a follow-on class to see if there's something that should be added or removed based on the changes to the general ...


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The first thing I did when asked to teach already existing courses was to ask the previous lecturers for copies of syllabi, teaching materials, exams, tutorials.... Probably depends a little on office politics, but I was just handed everything in a nice manner and took over from there.


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Actually, it is quite appropriate. You could also ask for a list of the professors who previously taught the course. You could then ask them if they are willing to share materials to help bootstrap the course. In fact, the administrative assistant might not have easy access directly, partly due to the pandemic. But the professors would normally retain their ...


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For US PhD recipients in 2018, the median years between starting graduate school and earning a doctorate was 7.3. Completing a PhD in five years has been done many times, but most PhD students will not do it and five years is not typical. Statistics do not include PhD students who never receive a PhD. There is large variation based on discipline and race: ...


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Talking to some other students who went through this before me, I have heard that one should take a class with the professor before asking them to be one's research advisor (I thought this was BS and tried reaching out to profs, but got stonewalled - this seems to be systemic in my uni/dept). Well, take it from a professor's point of view. They received an ...


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A US Bachelors degree generally would be accepted, but in your case, since your degree is from a TRACS accredited college, you may have a difficult time. For my US university (and most US universities), the policy for domestic applicants for graduate studies states: Students must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional ...


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In general it is useful to report cheating. Some institutions require students to report it. In this case, however, you do not know who cheated and faculty have already made reasonable efforts to make cheating harder. The information you are providing is not doing anything to reduce cheating, so you can stop reporting it.


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