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Grading Policy Exception

What is the spring 2020 access to Credit/No Credit option policy for undergraduates? 

In light of Gordon’s decision to transition to remote instruction through technology-enhanced learning and in recognition of the national and personal challenges due to COVID-19, the Academic Programs Committee approved a one-time grading policy to provide students with access to the Credit (CR)/No Credit (NC) grading option for the spring 2020 semester.

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Under this policy, students earning the equivalent of a “D-” or better can be awarded a grade of “CR” (credit). The “CR” carries no grade points and is NOT computed into a student’s semester or cumulative GPAs. It does, however, confer earned credit hours. Students earning the equivalent of a “F” can be awarded a grade of “NC” (no credit). The “NC” carries no grade points and is NOT computed into a student’s semester or cumulative GPAs. It does NOT confer earned credit hours. 

After final grades are posted on my.gordon, undergraduate students may elect to apply this one-time grading policy to one or more of their spring 2020 courses to CR/NC. The deadline to opt-in is June 2, 2020. The decision to switch to CR/NC is irreversible. A student cannot opt back into an A–F letter grade after June 2, 2020.  

We strongly recommend students consult the frequently asked questions below and talk over their options with an advisor.

Moving to CR/NC does not change the individual course syllabus requirements, but a CR/NC grade allows a student to focus on successfully completing a class without worrying about how a letter grade of A–F would impact GPA. In addition, there are circumstances that Gordon cannot control including the future admissions requirements of graduate and professional programs, the information requested by employers, and the documentation needed to maintain good academic standing for certain scholarships. Students should consult with advisors regarding different areas of study.

What factors should I consider when deciding to switch a course to CR/NC?

  • Switching courses to CR/NC may not be in all students’ best interest. Students should consult with their academic advisor as part of making an informed choice.
  • The decision to switch to CR/NC is irreversible. A student cannot opt back into an A–F letter grade after June 2, 2020. 
  • Students who change their grade to CR will not be able to repeat the course at a later date for a higher grade, since there is no grade connected to the CR. Instead, if they are unsure whether they are adequately prepared for an upper-level course, they may choose to audit the CR course in a future semester. Students who switch from “F” to “NC” will be able to retake, since they did not earn credit.

  • If the CR/NC option is selected:

    • Students earning the equivalent of a “D-” or better will be awarded a grade of “CR” (credit). The “CR” carries no grade points and is NOT computed into a student’s semester or cumulative GPAs. It does, however, confer earned credit hours. 
    • Students earning the equivalent of an “F” will be awarded a grade of “NC” (no credit). The “NC” carries no grade points and is NOT computed into a student’s semester or cumulative GPAs. It does NOT confer earned credit hours. 
  • Students currently on probation hoping to improve their GPA should note that courses in CR/NC grading mode do not count positively toward GPA. Students should consult with academic advisors to ensure they are making good choices.
  • The grading scale set forth by an individual faculty member as detailed in the course syllabus remains the basis for grading and the determination of the credit grade.
  • This policy does not apply to consortium courses offered by other institutions.

What is the deadline to decide whether to take my course CR/NC?
The deadline is June 2, 2020.

Is this an automatic change?
No. You must opt in between May 26 and June 2. 

Can I change my mind about taking my classes CR/NC?
You should not complete the form indicating your preferences until you are sure of what you want to do. You have until June 2 to make this decision and it cannot be reversed.  

Is there a limit to the number of courses I can take CR/NC this semester?
There is no limit on the number of spring 2020 courses/credits allowed to be taken CR/NC. 

Can I change to CR/NC for a completed quad 3 class?
No. A posted grade cannot be changed. This access to CR/NC is meant as a time-limited option that recognizes the new challenges that have emerged since the move to full online instruction.

Do any course requirements change if I switch to CR/NC?
No. Your professor will determine a letter grade and the Registrar’s Office will convert to the CR/NC grade. 

Should I switch to CR/NC if I’m already doing well in a class?
If you are likely to do well, you would be best served by having that grade appear in your GPA. 

What happens to my GPA if I elect to take all of my courses CR/NC?
Your cumulative GPA will remain what it had been at the end of the fall 2019 semester. 

Can I still graduate with honors if I choose CR/NC?
As long as your cumulative GPA stays at 3.50 or above, the Latin distinction will stand.

Can I use a course graded CR/NC to apply for a course repeat?
You may use a CR for a course to replace a previous low grade, but this CR will not improve your GPA and you may still be subject to minimum requirements set forth by your major.

I’m on academic probation and need to earn a certain GPA to continue at Gordon. Will taking my courses CR/NC help or hinder my progress? 
As long as you pass every course, electing to take your classes CR/NC will grant you, in effect, another semester to improve your GPA and return to good academic. Earning grades of A or B could pull up your GPA.

What does a NC in CR/NC mean?
A NC grade means no credit. NCs count as 0.0 in your GPA in both the semester and cumulative systems.

Can I take an incomplete if I have selected CR/NC?
Yes. If you are approved for an incomplete when your coursework is submitted, you will be awarded a grade of CR. If you fail to submit the coursework or the coursework does not meet appropriate standards the grade will be NC.

Can I qualify for Dean's List or Presidential Honors if I select the CR/NC grading option?
In order to qualify for the distinction of Dean's List or Presidential Honors this semester, a student must still earn a term GPA of 3.5 or higher on a minimum of 12 conventionally graded (A–F) credits.  


 

Transcript statement:

"The COVID-19 pandemic required significant academic changes. Unusual enrollment patterns and grading reflect the disruption of the time, not necessarily the student's work. For this semester alone, a “CR” grade is considered D- or better."