Given the extraordinary circumstances, Assumption will temporarily offer to students flexibility with regard to their grades.
Receiving Course Credit, Without Impacting Your GPA
Assumption realizes the uniqueness of remote learning during this time of uncertainty and additional responsibility many students have incurred as a result. Many institutions of high learning are placing all spring 2020 classes on a pass/no-credit basis while others are not. The faculty and administration of Assumption remain committed to the success of each student.
For the spring 2020 semester only, all Assumption students may choose pass/no-credit for up to three classes in which they earn a grade of C- or higher to receive credit. This includes classes in majors and the Core, which are normally excluded from this policy. As an incentive to continue working hard through the semester, students will choose whether to make courses pass/no credit after they receive their final grades.
- Students can opt for pass/ no credit for up to three classes this semester only.
- The threshold for receiving credit on this basis is a C-.
- Students receive their grades at the end of the semester
- If students elect to designate a course as pass/ no credit, students receive credit for the class if they receive a grade of C- or higher, but the grade will not be factored into their overall GPA. If students keep the letter grade earned, all letter grades will be factored into their overall GPA.
- Students can still opt for pass/ no credit in the future if they have not exercised this option for up to two classes during their studies at Assumption
- The decision is final and cannot be revisited in the future.
- Students considering the pass/ no credit option should discuss this with their professor and advisor
Have questions? Students should contact their professors and/or advisors.
What is pass/no credit?
Pass/no credit is an option that allows students to receive credit for a course with a grade of C- or higher without a letter grade being calculated in their GPAs. Students who receive a grade below C- do not receive credit for the course, but it is also not calculated in their GPAs. Normally, Assumption allows sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take a total of two courses on this basis during their time at the College, outside their majors and the Core Curriculum. But these are not normal times.
What is the policy for Spring 2020?
Given the extraordinary circumstances students and faculty are facing, students may take up to three courses this semester on a pass/no-credit basis. This applies to all students and any course. Students will receive their final grades at the end of the semester, then be able to choose the pass/no-credit option.
How long do I have to declare pass/no credit after final grades are out, and how do I indicate my preference?
We're working through the technology on this now and will get back to you as soon as we can with the details.
Why should students consider pass/ no credit?
The COVID-19 situation has upended many students’ lives. Not only are students engaged in remote learning, but they may have additional responsibilities at home, such as caring for loved ones.
How does this policy impact Dean's List eligibility for students?
For the spring 2020 semester only, students who carry at least four courses, earning at least 12 credits, whose semester GPA is 3.50 or higher, will earn Dean’s List honors. At least four courses must be taken for a grade, and the Spring 2020 semester will not be considered in later calculations of the average number of courses completed.
Will students receive credit if they opt for the pass/ no credit offer?
Yes, students will receive credit if they earn a minimum of a C-, but the grade will not be calculated into students’ grade point average.
Can students see what their grade will be before deciding?
Yes, students may first review their grades before deciding.
So, if a student earns a C- in a class, they can opt for the pass/ no credit and it will not impact their grade point average?
That is correct.
Should students make this decision on their own? Who else should students consult?
The College strongly recommends that students talk to their professor in the class for which they are considering a pass/ no credit option. Students should also speak with their academic advisor to determine if this is the best option.
Assumption offers to students two, pass/ no credit opportunities for the entire 4-year course of study. If students opt to take up to three classes pass/ no credit in Spring 2020, will they have used all of their opportunities?
No! Given the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Assumption is making an exception only for this semester.
If students find in the future that they need letter grades for employment, licensure, graduate or professional schools, or other reasons, can they revisit the decision to make a class pass/ no credit?
Unfortunately, no. All decisions are permanent.
What are the disadvantages of taking a class pass/ no credit?
Many people in your future may be interested in your academic record. These can include potential employers, professional licensure authorities, graduate or professional schools, and others. We simply don't know how they'll view Spring 2020. Some may require letter grades. Remember, once this decision is made, it is final and cannot be changed in August, next year or 5 years from now. The decision is permanent.