Due to COVID-19, a Pass/No Credit grading option was available for the Spring 2020 semester. The College will determine at a later date whether this or other options will be available in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.
Pass/No Credit Grading Option
What is it?
- A grade of P is considered a passing grade (A, B, C, D). You will earn course credit with a grade of P. A grade of P will not be used to calculate your GPA.
- A grade of NC is not an F. However, a grade of NC will not earn course credit and will not be calculated in your GPA. It will be counted as an attempted credit towards completion percentage.
How does it work?
Faculty in A-F graded courses will continue to grade you on an A-F scale, but if you choose the P/NC option, your A-F grade will be converted to a corresponding “Pass” or “No Credit” grade after the end of the semester. For most classes, grades of A, B, C, and D will be converted to P grades, and grades of F will be converted to NC grades.
You may choose to change to a P/NC grading method on a course-by-course basis. Students had until June 11 to make this decision.
Possible implications or drawbacks of choosing P/NC
- Scholarship status
- Major and career requirements
- Students on academic warning or probationary (SAP) status
- VA/Veterans benefits
Is P/NC the right choice for me?
Before selecting the P/NC option, you should discuss the changes with your advisor to explore possible consequences that result from switching to pass/no credit.
Special information about satisfactory academic progress for Spring 2020
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Spring 2020 courses with a W (withdraw), I (incomplete), or IP (in progress) grade issued after March 12, 2020, will not be calculated into a student’s course completion rate and will not negatively impact satisfactory academic progress. Students will still be required to meet GPA requirements.
What grading options are available, and what should I choose?
Review the following information about Spring 2020 grading options and work with your academic advisor to determine what is right for your circumstances.
W grades issued after March 12, 2020 spring 2020 semester only: a W will not be counted in your course completion rate and will not negatively impact your academic progress.
This is the best option for many students currently on warning and probation. Since the last day to W has now passed, please reach out to the counselor for assistance. Student.firstname.lastname@example.org
For this term only, students are allowed to opt for the Pass/No Credit grading method. If your final grade earned is a D- or above in a course, you may opt for the Pass (P) option in some courses.
A grade of P has no impact on your GPA. It counts as a completed course and is counted in your course completion rate. A P grade may not be used to move on to other courses in all instances. Reminder: if you are on probation, you must meet GPA term requirements so this option may not be right for you if you have grades at C or above.
A grade of No Credit or NC HAS an impact on your completion rate. It counts as an attempted course and is counted in your course completion rate.
In Progress or Incomplete
Spring 2020 semester only: an I or IP grade will not be counted in your course completion rate and will not negatively impact your academic progress.
You must work with your instructor to discuss the possibility of receiving an Incomplete or In Progress grade.
Information on Satisfactory Academic Progress and Academic Standing can be found here https://ridgewater.edu/student-services-activities/student-records-registration/.