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Undergraduate Grading Pattern FAQs for Spring 2020 Semester (in response to COVID-19)

In light of COVID-19, CSUEB has extended the deadline to give students the opportunity to change their grade pattern if desired. There is a summary at the bottom, but we encourage you to read the page carefully to get all of the information.

This page is intended to address courses numbered 499 or below, regardless of prefix.

FAQs

By default, any course that was A-F at the beginning of the Spring Semester, 2020 will be “ABC/No Credit" (ABC/NC hereafter).  Students will have the option of changing to “Credit/No Credit” (CR/NC) up until May 8, 2020. We expect students will be able to make these selections beginning April 20, 2020 in MyCSUEB. You will select a pattern for each class separately.
ABC/NC means that any grade of D+ or lower will result in a NC (no credit) grade, but grades of C- or higher are entered as the traditional letter grade (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C-).
See the Grading & Academic Standards section of the University Catalog. Units taken CR/NC this semester will not count towards the maximum units limit.
Credit/No Credit grades are not calculated in any of your GPAs (East Bay GPA, Cumulative GPA, or Major GPA).

You can select a different grade type for the Spring 2020 semester in MyCSUEB until May 8th.  Instructions are given on p. 5, “Edit a Class” in the online registration instructions. By default, you will be in ABC/ NC.  You will have two options to choose from: 

  • ABC/NC
  • CR/NC

There is also a video that shows you how to change your grade type. 

  • There could be consequences of changing from a letter grade (ABC/NC) to a CR/NC grade. If you choose CR/NC and would have received an A, you will get CR, which will have no positive impact on your GPA.  After May 8, such a change cannot be reversed. However, if you choose CR/NC and would have received a C-, you will get CR, which will have no negative impact on your GPA. That is to say, CR represents any grade between A and C-, but will not affect your GPA either positively or negatively.  You will not be able to request a letter grade after May 8.
  • Credit (CR) is assigned when you earn a grade of A to C- and it is a passing grade.  You will earn credit for the course, but it will not affect or change your GPA.
  • No Credit (NC) is reserved for D+, D, and F grades and is not considered a passing grade.  If you choose CR/NC and receive “NC,” you will need to retake the course to earn credit, but it will not affect your GPA.
Earning CR for a major course will count for Spring 2020 only toward your graduation requirements, including your major, as well as fulfilling prerequisites. For all other semesters, letter grades are required for major courses. 
Check with your major department to ensure that “CR” will be allowed toward those external requirements.
No.  Credit/No Credit grades are not calculated in your GPA.
Yes, earning a CR grade will count towards your GE graduation requirements.
If you select the CR/NC grade type, those grades will not be calculated in your East Bay, Cumulative or All College, or Spring Semester, 2020 GPAs.  Many campuses across the nation are allowing CR/NC for Spring 2020 as an option, in order to minimize the negative impact that grading policies may have on students this semester when instructional format had to be moved online. It is highly recommended that you speak with your academic advisor to determine possible repercussions with your grade option choices.
Students who would have received a D+ or D, but chose CR/NC will receive NC.  While this does not change your GPA, it does not count for credit in GE, and it also counts against your “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP) for financial aid purposes.
  • If you get an A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C-, you will get that grade denoted on your transcript, and the grade will be calculated in your GPA.
  • If you get a D+, D, or F, this will show as “NC” and will not adversely affect your GPA.
  • Students who would have received a D+ or D in a course that they have in the ABC/NC pattern will be permitted to petition by Monday, August 31, 2020 to receive that letter grade so that they can get credit for the course.  (No other appeals will be permitted.)
The “NC” will count against “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP) for financial aid, just as is the case with CR/NC.
You may locate your advisor by logging in to Bay Advisor.  The Student Quick Guide is located here.  If you cannot find an advisor, please email spring2020grading@csueastbay.edu, and provide your NetID and major.
  • Major advisor
  • Advisors in your college advising centers
  • AACE, FAST, EOP (or other specialty program) Advisor
  • To qualify for Financial Aid, students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  Undergraduate students, for example, are required to earn 67% of their attempted units, maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, have a 2.0 GPA upon their 2nd year of enrollment at CSU East Bay, and complete their degree within 150% (or 180 units) of their program's published time frame. 
  • Failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards will result in Financial Aid disqualification. For more information about our Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, please click on the following link: https://www.csueastbay.edu/financialaid/current-students1/get-and-keep-your-aid.html
Failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards will result in Financial Aid disqualification. Undergraduate students are required to earn 67% of their attempted units (Pace of Progression), maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, have a 2.0 grade point average upon their 2nd year of enrollment at CSU, East Bay, and complete their degree within 150% (or 180 units Maximum Time Frame) of their program's published time frame. While earning a CR will not have a negative effect on your SAP,  earning an NC may impact the calculation of your Pace of Progression and Maximum Time Frame. For example, if you take 12 units and receive a NC on 4 units of coursework, you will have attempted 12 units but only earned 8 units for the semester. 

For more information about our Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, please click on the following link: https://www.csueastbay.edu/financialaid/current-students1/get-and-keep-your-aid.html

For questions, please email the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at finaid@csueastbay.edu.

Possible implications of selecting CR/NC or ABC/NC as your grade type

  • If you believe you will get an A in the course, you should use ABC/NC.
  • If you believe you will get a B in the course, you probably should use ABC/NC.  The exceptions might be if the B might lower your GPA, in which case you might use CR/NC.
  • If you believe you will get a C+ or C in the course, you probably will use ABC/NC.  However, if the grade might lower your GPA, you might opt to use CR/NC.
  • If you believe you will get a C- in the course, you probably should use CR/NC, as that designation will give you credit, but will not lower your GPA.
  • If you believe you will get a D+ or D in the course, it may be best to speak with an academic advisor.  However, here are some rules of thumb:
    • If the D+ or D will help you satisfy a graduation requirement (such as GE Areas B1, B2, B3, B6, C1, C2, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, or E) and it will not bring your GPA below 2.0, you might opt to continue with ABC/NC grading.  If you would have received a D+ or D, you can petition to receive the D+ or D grade by Monday, August 31, 2020.  (The process will be detailed after grades are posted.) This appeal procedure is not possible for students on the CR/NC pattern.
    • If the D+ or D will not help you satisfy a graduation requirement, you should probably select CR/NC and retake the course (or take a different course) at a later date.
    • If the D+ or D will bring your GPA below 2.0, but might help fulfill a graduation requirement, you should contact an advisor to help you weigh your options.

 

Summary

  • In summary, the decision will be based upon:
    • Your grade in the class.  Please ask your instructor about your grade in the class, if it is not clear on Blackboard.  This can be done during office hours or by email.
    • How it will affect your GPA.  For example, if it will raise your GPA, we recommend that you stay with ABC/NC.
    • Whether or not you need the earned credit for either graduation requirements, or financial aid, licensure, or other purposes.  
    • Keep in mind that F or WU grades will be recorded as “NC,” regardless of your choice of grade type. 
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