What Is It?
Most classes at Anoka-Ramsey Community College are graded with a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F. Normally, students receive this letter grade option when registering for a course, but it is also possible to register for a class on a Pass (P) or Fail (F) grading option. For the Spring 2020 term, the college is giving students the option to choose between letter grades or Pass (P)/No Credit (NC) grades, which means you can have until June 5, 2020 to choose your grade option.
How Does It Work?
Faculty in A-F graded courses assign grades on an A-F scale. Students who choose to have a P/NC grade denoted on their transcript will have letter grades A, B, and C converted to a “P” for “Pass” or a grade of D or F converted to a “NC” for No Credit. You can make the decision to convert your grade to a P/NC on a course-by-course basis. You have until June 5, 2020 to choose your grading option.
How do I request this grading method change?
Click here for Spring 2020 Grade Method Change form
- With all of the time and effort you have invested in your courses already (as of April 6, we are already 2/3 of the way through the semester!), this grading option will provide a low-risk way for you to finish the course and continue to make progress toward your ultimate goal of graduation or transfer.
- P and NC grades are not included in the calculation of your grade point average (GPA). Thus, if challenging personal circumstances or the unexpected learning environment of remote learning make it harder this semester to get as high a grade as you would otherwise, this will protect your cumulative GPA.
- Because P and NC grades do not impact GPA, the P/NC grade method will offer students protection against being suspended as part of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) process. NC grades do reduce a student’s completion rate (the number of credits you earn vs. attempt).
- Although a P/NC grade can’t hurt your GPA, it also can’t help your GPA. If students determine their GPA will increase by sticking with the A-F grading method, they should do so.
- Transfer institutions and graduate schools may not accept courses that were graded on a P/NC scale. Please meet with your advisor to determine how a P/NC grade would impact your transfer plan. Minnesota State is currently in conversation with our transfer partners to determine how a P/NC grade may be accepted. We will update you with more information as we receive it.
- PSEO students must consult their high school counselors or advisors to determine how a Pass/No Credit grade may impact their high school transcript.
- Some students may not be eligible for P/NC grading. These may include veterans on GI benefits, some international students, and students in some programs with external licensure.
The good thing is – You don’t have to decide right now. You will have until June 5, 2020, to decide and submit if you wish to opt for P/NC grading. By this time, you will know how well you did in the course, and by then we will know more about what the implications are for transfer, graduate schools, veterans, Nursing students, etc.