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Credit/No Credit Grading

 

Academic Senate recently passed temporary changes to policy that will allow for the expanded use of the Credit/No Credit grading basis for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021. In addition, the Office of the Registrar will update all F grades to a grade of NC for these same semesters.

Please check back for more detailed updates and guidance on how to take advantage of these recent changes. Specific instructions will be posted no later than March 12, 2021.

 What is Credit/No Credit?

Grades of CR or NC are not included in your GPA calculation; however, you earn the units if a grade of CR is assigned.

For undergraduate courses:

  • A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C are equivalent to a CR grade; grades of C-, D+, D, D-, F are equivalent to an NC grade.

For graduate courses:

  • A, A-, B+, B, B- are equivalent to a CR grade; grades of C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F are equivalent to an NC grade.

Your Options

All undergraduate courses are approved for CR/NC grading, with the exception of the types of courses listed as pending review below. An update on these types of courses will be posted no later than March 12, 2021.

These approvals apply to courses taken in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021

  • Types of courses approved for CR/NC grading basis

    •  General Education: All courses taken to fulfill General Education breadth requirements, both lower and upper division, for undergraduate programs
    • Electives: All courses taken to fulfill units or electives for undergraduate programs
    • Lower division minor: All lower division courses taken to fulfill minor requirements for undergraduate programs
    • Lower division major (non-impacted programs): All lower division courses taken to fulfill major requirements in non-impacted undergraduate programs
  • Types of courses pending review by faculty

    • Lower division major (impacted programs): Lower division courses taken to fulfill major requirements in impacted majors (i.e., Business Administration,  Nursing, Biology, Communication) will be determined by the departments and posted on the Academic Programs site no later than March 12.
    • Upper division major/minor: Upper division courses taken to fulfill major requirements in undergraduate programs
    • Graduate program courses: Courses taken to fulfill graduate degree requirements

How to request it

Instructions on how to request a CR/NC grading basis for approved courses will be available by March 12, 2021.

Non-passing grades will change to NC

  • The Registrar’s Office changed all F grades to NC grades for the Fall 2020 semester. F grades posted for Spring and Summer 21 will be changed to NC at the end of the term.