Pass/No Credit – Fall 2020

Thank you for your patience as College for Creative Studies (CCS) pivoted to remote learning during COVID-19. We understand this comes with challenges for you. However, it is important that we move forward to ensure your academic progress is not interrupted, especially for our graduating seniors.

Students have inquired about the possibility of CCS moving to ‘Pass/No Credit’ grading. After discussing the issue with the Department Chairs and College leadership, and surveying the emerging practice across the country, we have decided that it is appropriate to allow students the option to convert any of their course grades to Pass/No Credit (P/NC).

The P/NC process:

  • All faculty will assign letter grades as usual for the fall 2020 term.
  • Upon receipt of receiving final grades for the term (Wednesday, December 23, for fall 2020), students will have the option to retain the grade or opt to go to (P/NC) grading for each course. Students can convert the grade to P/NC  for any, all, or none of their other courses.
  • For each of the courses in which students want to change their grades to P/NC, they will submit a pass/no credit request form (sign in required ) to the Academic Advising and Registration Office indicating their choices. The form will be available beginning December 23 until January 8 on Blackboard under Academic Advising and Registration Office, Forms. There is no need to submit a form if the student wants to retain the letter grade.
  • Students that fail to submit the forms by the deadline must petition for a grade change. The grade change process will remain as is.
  • There is no limit on the number of courses you can convert to P/NC grading. You can make the decision on a course-by-course basis for the fall 2020 semester.
  • To be eligible for the President’s and Dean’s list students must have all graded courses.  Pass/No Credit is not eligible.

    For undergraduate and dual enrollment courses:
  • A letter grade of A through D- equates to a pass (requirement met)
  • A letter grade of F equates to a No Credit (requirement not met)
  • For graduate courses:
  • A letter grade of A through C equates to a pass (requirement met)
  • A letter grade of F equates to a No Credit (requirement not met)

    To summarize the process:
    • P/NC grades are NOT included in semester or cumulative GPA calculations
    • All P/NC grades will be noted on the academic transcript
    • Any undergraduate or dual enrollment grade of D- or higher becomes a “P” pass; any graduate grade of C or higher becomes a “P” pass. 
    • Any undergraduate, dual-enrollment, or graduate grade of F becomes a “NC” no-credit
    • Pass “P” receives course credit
    • No Credit “NC” does not receive course credit and must be retaken 
    • The faculty member does not know where students have chosen the P/NC option, all faculty will be required to submit a letter grade via WebAdvisor
    • Once the letter grade is submitted and the student chooses the P/NC option through the pass/no credit request form, the grade will be converted to P/NC through the Academic Advising and Registration Office
    • If you choose a P/NC option, you will be able to file a request for grade change to convert back to your assigned letter grade and that will impact your grade point average.

Academic Warning/Suspension

  • If you are a student on academic probation for the FA/20 semester, because of COVID-19, we will let students continue on a probation continued status.
  • If a student on academic warning elects to have all graded courses and their cumulative grade point average is above 2.0, that will remove them from academic probation status and the student will be restored to good standing.

The Incomplete grade process:

  • Faculty may choose to enter a grade of Incomplete for students who were unable to complete work in the fall 2020 semester due to COVID-19.
  • A student may not graduate until Incomplete grades are satisfied. If you are a graduating senior, please bear this in mind.
  • Incomplete coursework must be satisfied by the end of the subsequent semester (winter 2021).  Please work with your faculty member to complete remaining course outcomes necessary to satisfy the Incomplete.
  • If the incomplete is not satisfied by the end of the subsequent semester that Incomplete (“I”) grade automatically defaults to an “F” or fail grade.

The decision to allow this flexibility is a direct acknowledgement of student requests and the COVID-19 situation. We expect our remote courses to maintain the highest quality instruction possible and that you will continue to engage and get the most from your courses. Please work with the Academic Advising and Registration Office to determine the best path for you with regard to the P/NC option.

EFFECTIVE DATE
April 9, 2020

LAST UPDATED DATE
May 26, 2020

APPROVING OFFICE
Academic Affairs