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Faculty Pass/No-pass grade resources

 

Frequently asked questions 

 

Graduate Courses and Programs

  • May graduate programs require students to keep the original letter grades that are initially assigned on a course-by-course basis or for all courses grades in spring 2020?

    No. Aligning with OSRHE’s grading guidance during this unprecedented situation, OSU’s spring 2020 grade policy allows students to see the original letter grades and choose a P/NP grade for each spring 2020 course. Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

  • May a graduate program review and/or use the original, spring 2020 letter grades that are recorded in Banner to determine academic standing (e.g., program dismissal; probation), course credit requirements (e.g., grade for B or better; course repeats), or other academic benchmarks?

    No. Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

  • How do P/NP grades affect program requirements for a grade of B or better or a 3.0 GPA?

    Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations. When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass). Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

     

    Graduate programs will have to determine how to address program-level requirements that require a letter grade of B or better. In some cases, this may be waiving B-or-better program requirements for spring 2020 grades.

     

    In cases where there is a course sequence or prerequisite “foundational” course, faculty instructors of these courses will need to be in close communication about how the expected course content may have been adjusted for online delivery in spring 2020. Programs or faculty teaching the “next” course may want to develop (or have available) an ungraded, assessment instrument that may be given at the beginning of the next course to determine how to adjust initial course material to address knowledge gaps.

     

    It is acknowledged that the spring 2020 grading policy is imperfect, reflecting this unprecedented situation, and it creates difficult situations. The Graduate College leadership team is available to provide guidance; do not hesitate to reach out. 

  • How are P/NP grades used to determine if a graduate student has fulfilled foundation course requirements?

    Grades of P and NP are ignored in GPA calculations. When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass). Given these extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades.

     

    Graduate programs will have to determine how to address program-level requirements that require a letter grade of B or better. In some cases, this may be waiving B-or-better program requirements for spring 2020 grades.

     

    In cases where there is a course sequence or prerequisite “foundational” course, faculty instructors of these courses will need to be in close communication about how the expected course content may have been adjusted for online delivery in spring 2020. Programs or faculty teaching the “next” course may want to develop (or have available) an ungraded, assessment instrument that may be given at the beginning of the next course to determine how to adjust initial course material to address knowledge gaps.

     

    It is acknowledged that the spring 2020 grading policy is imperfect, reflecting this unprecedented situation, and it creates difficult situations. The Graduate College leadership team is available to provide guidance; do not hesitate to reach out. 

  • A grade of C or lower results in program dismissal. How do P/NP grades affect these determinations?

    When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass). For spring 2020, P grades should not be used to determine program dismissal. NP grades may result in program dismissal.

  • Two grades of C or lower results in program dismissal. How do P/NP grades affect these determinations?

    When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass). For spring 2020, P grades should not be used to determine program dismissal. NP grades may result in program dismissal.

  •  A grade of C or lower in specific course(s) requires the course(s) to be retaken. How do P/NP grades affect these determinations?

    When P/NP grading is elected for spring 2020 graduate courses, grades of C or better convert to a P (pass), while grades of D and F convert go an NP (no pass).  Given the extraordinary circumstances, the original letter grades will not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning this semester, and students should not be disadvantaged by electing P/NP grades. Students receiving P grades in a spring 2020 courses will not be required to retake the course.

     

    Graduate programs will have to determine how to address program-level requirements. In some cases, this may be waiving program requirements for spring 2020 grades. In other cases where there is a course sequence or prerequisite “foundational” course, faculty instructors of these courses will need to be in close communication about how the expected course content may have been adjusted for online delivery in spring 2020. Programs or faculty teaching the “next” course may want to develop (or have available) an ungraded, assessment instrument that may be given at the beginning of the next course to determine how to adjust initial course material to address knowledge gaps.

  • May students select P/NP for SR/UR-graded courses?

    Graduate thesis and dissertation courses graded on a SR/UR basis are already graded on a binary, GPA-neutral basis and are not eligible for electing P/NP grades.

  • May students select P/NP for Pass/Fail (P/F) graded courses?

    Students will be able to elect P/NP grading on a course-by-course basis for classes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that are graded on either a standard letter grade or P/F basis.

  • Is an incomplete (I) grade still in option for spring 2020 courses?

    Yes, instructors may assign I grades as appropriate. Students receiving incomplete (I) grades for courses with standard letter or pass/fail grades can request P/NP grading, and the P/NP grade conversion will not take place until a final grade is assigned by the instructor or the one-year time limit expires, whichever comes first. The final grade assigned, which could be the final default incomplete grade, would be converted to P/NP grades as outlined above. Until the final grade is assigned, only the incomplete (I) grade will display on the transcript. For more information about incomplete grades, please refer to our Incomplete Grade Policy FAQs or University Academic Regulation 6.2 Grade Interpretation.

  • How should P/NP grading be viewed when I assessed a student’s performance for competitive awards, letters of recommendation, fellowships, etc.?  
    Electing P/NP grades should not be viewed negatively in assessing as student’s academic performance for letters of recommendation, competitive awards, fellowships, etc.

 

Undergraduate Courses and Programs

 

  • For assistance on graduate program questions or concerns, please contact Sheryl Tucker, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean.
  • For assistance on undergraduate program questions or concerns, please contact Jeanette Mendez, Vice Provost.
  • For assistance with technical questions related to spring 2020 grades being recorded in Banner, on transcripts, etc., please contact Rita Peaster, Registrar.

 

 

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