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Grading Policy Changes for Spring 2020

As students are experiencing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) has embraced the university’s call for immediate action to be empathetic to students’ circumstances while maintaining program integrity and ensuring all students learn.

The College of EHE faculty, from all three departments, have come to consensus and have eagerly risen to the occasion, by being as flexible as possible by making the following recommendations aimed at easing student burden.

  • We are extending the deadline for all students to declare Pass/No Pass (P/NP) for Spring Semester 2020 courses to April 17, 2020;
  • EHE students may choose one or more Spring 2020 courses as P/NP;
  • EHE undergraduate students may elect P/NP to apply to general education (GE), elective, minor, and major courses with a “D” threshold for a Pass;
  • EHE graduate students may elect P/NP to apply to graduate courses with a “C-” threshold for a Pass;
  • All EHE students may elect a grade of Incomplete that extends the semester by 10 weeks.

In the best interest of our students, EHE has identified some courses that are ineligible for the P/NP option. These ineligible courses have state-legislated requirements for accreditation, licensure, endorsements, and core reading courses that we may not change. These courses will remain graded with the A-E grading scale. Ask your advisor for the list of ineligible courses.

At the same time, students need to be reminded, that for all ineligible courses and programs, state requirements do not change. So, students need to be mindful that if they choose to take required content courses as P/NP, they must consider how this may impact the required content GPA of 2.75 for most licensure programs.

Students should consult with their academic advisor, or their faculty advisor before electing the P/NP option because there may be unintended consequences. P/NP grades do not factor into GPA calculations, so such a grade cannot lower or raise a student’s GPA.

We are happy to help any student under any circumstance. Our college has the people, the knowledge, and the resources to make this happen.

 

What to consider when thinking about PA/NP

  • All students should consult with an advisor before requesting to take a course PA/NP
  • Undergraduate majors with competitive admissions processes or GPA minimums will likely still require the minimum GPA to enter the major.
  • Once a course has been changed to PA/NP, it cannot be converted back to a letter grade.
  • Courses graded S/U cannot be converted to PA/NP. S/U is a course grading option while PA/NP is a student elected option.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PA/NP?

Typically classes are graded A-E. You have the choice to change the grading format to PA/NP (pass/non pass) for up to 20 credits.

Am I required to take courses for PA/NP?

No. For a majority of courses in EHE, you have a choice on whether you want to take classes for PA/NP or graded A-E. If you are considering taking a course for PA/NP, please consult with your assigned Academic Advisor. See the course exception list to the PA/NP policy.

If I take one course for PA/NP, do I have to take the rest of my courses PA/NP?

No. See question, "Am I required to take courses for PA/NP?"

Will PA/NP affect my GPA?

No. PA/NP does not configure into your GPA. Passing the course will not help or hurt your GPA. You will receive credit for the course if you earn a PA and no credit if you earn a NP.

What is used to determine a PA grade?

A PA grade is equivalent to a D or higher. Keep in mind, every course has different requirements that will constitute a passing grade. It is important to utilize your course syllabus and resources provided by your instructor to ensure a PA grade. Once you have submitted the PA/NP request, you are responsible for successfully completing the reminder of the course and earning a minimum of a “D” grade. This may include completing remaining assignments, projects, or exams.

Do I need a certain GPA to utilize PA/NP?

No. GPA requirements to utilize PA/NP have been suspended for SP20.

Who can help me decide what I should do about Withdrawal, opting into PA/NP grading, or taking an Incomplete?

You should talk with your advisor and the instructor of your courses about which of these options will help you succeed in your classes and academic program. It will be important to know your grade, the number of assignments remaining, and how those assignments will be met, so that you can make informed choices about withdrawing versus choosing to take the course PA/NP versus requesting an incomplete (I). Your advisor will assist you in requesting a W or PA/NP, and the instructor can help you take an I.

What are the negative consequences of a PA/NP versus a regular grade (A-E)?

A PA/NP grade cannot raise your GPA, so it will not help you increase your GPA to meet thresholds for majors, competitive or graduate programs, or academic eligibility. A PA/NP grade also cannot lower a GPA.

What if I am interested in applying to a competitive major or program (Honors, Education licensure programs, Health and Wellness programs, etc.)? How will a PA/NP grade be looked at when admissions decisions are being made?

It is also important to keep in mind that some programs will still want to see particular pre-major courses graded A-E. See the course exception list to the PA/NP policy. Get more information about withdrawing, PA/NP, or incomplete.

What if I want to apply to graduate school or a professional program?

We cannot predict how graduate and professional schools will review transcripts with PA/NP grades because those requirements are separate from Ohio State undergraduate degree requirements. Certain schools may require a certain letter grade to be admitted to their program. We recommend contacting the schools you are looking at specifically to ask about their stance on PA/NP.

If I change my major outside of EHE in the future, will I be negatively impacted by utilizing PA/NP on a course I am currently taking?

There is a possibility that a course taken for PA/NP will require a letter grade in a major/program outside of EHE. Consult with an Academic Advisor in the department of interest.

Can I take a minor course for PA/NP?

Yes. However, keep in mind a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for the minor. In most cases, if your current GPA in the minor is below a 2.0, you will need to take graded courses to increase your cumulative GPA in the minor.

I am on probation because of my academic performance. Should I take a class for PA/NP?

If you are trying to reach a particular GPA for the terms of your academic probation, you will want to be very strategic on which courses you switch to pass/non-pass to ensure you obtain the semester GPA needed. Students are reviewed on a case-by-case situation at the end of each semester and we will take into account these extenuating circumstances for SP20 semester.

I have concerns about making Satisfactory Academic Progress to maintain eligibility for financial aid. How could changing to PA/NP affect my status?

PA/NP courses count towards attempted and successfully/unsuccessfully completed courses. Receiving a PA is considered making progress, but has no impact on GPA. If you do not meet satisfactory academic progress standards for SP20, appeal options exist. Reach out to Buckeyelink to see how this may specifically impact you (614-292-0300).

If I elect to take a class for PA/NP, will my financial aid be impacted?

No. PA/NP will have not have an effect financial aid for the SP20 semester. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact Buckeyelink (614-292-0300).

I have requested or was planning to request Grade Forgiveness for one of my classes this term. Can I switch and request a PA/NP instead? How does that impact Grade Forgiveness?

For the SP20 semester only, PA/NP is an available option for courses being re-taken for grade forgiveness. If you decide to utilize PA/NP on a course that you are also using Grade Forgiveness for, your first attempt will be eliminated from your GPA. However, since PA/NP does not factor into your GPA, no grade will replace your first attempt.

If I am possibly eligible for Latin honors for SP20 graduation, should I take a course for PA/NP?

To be eligible for Latin Honors, you must be a graduating senior, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and have completed 60 credit hours at Ohio State. PA/NP courses can count toward the 60 hours required for Latin Honors. Keep in mind that if you are hoping to qualify for Latin Honors as a result of your SP20 grades, requesting PA/NP grades will reduce the credit hours that factor into your final GPA.

Can I still make the Dean’s List if I utilize PA/NP?

In order to be on the Dean’s List for the SP20 semester, you must earn a minimum 3.5 GPA, and have 12 graded credit hours (a minimum of 9 credit hours must be graded A-E, 3 credits can be graded S/U). Earning an NP disqualifies a student from the Dean’s List.

I am an international student. Can I take classes for PA/NP?

Yes. The way a course is graded doesn’t impact how full-time enrollment is calculated for International students.

How do I make a class PA/NP?

Submit a form to request a PA/NP option. The form is also found on your Buckeyelink.

When do I have to decide if I want to take a course for PA/NP?

You must fill out the Qualtrics form requesting a PA/NP option by 5 p.m., April 17.

Can I reverse the decision to take a class for PA/NP?

No. If you choose to change a course to PA/NP, this is irreversible.

Ineligible Courses for Pass/No Pass Option

The following undergraduate and graduate courses are ineligible for a pass/no pass option during the Spring 2020 semester.

Business Education

EDUTL 5442

ESEPSY 2309

ESSPED 5650

ESWDE 5189.01

ESWDE 5189.02

ESWDE 5622

ESWDE 5623

ESWDE 5624

ESWDE 5655

ESWDE 5665

ESWDE 5667

ESWDE 5672

ESWDE 5701

ESWDE 5784

Career and Technical Education

EDUTL 5442

ESEPSY 2309

ESSPED 5650

ESWDE 5189.03

ESWDE 5189.04

ESWDE 5622

ESWDE 5623

ESWDE 5624

ESWDE 5633

ESWDE 5649S

ESWDE 5662

ESWDE 5655

ESWDE 5665

ESWDE 5667

ESWDE 5668

ESWDE 5672

ESWDE 5677

ESWDE 5680

ESWDE 5701

Child and Youth Studies

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5501

ESEPSY 2309

EDUTL 3189

EDUTL 3356

EDUTL 5220

EDUTL 5225

EDUTL 5526

EDUTL 5442

EDUTL 5453

EDUTL 5468

EDUTL 5469

ESEPSY 5401

EDUTL 5123

EDUTL 5339

Early Childhood Education

EDUTL 5468

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5123

EDUTL 5137

EDUTL 5102

EDUTL 5108

EDUTL 5129

EDUTL 5226

EDUTL 5339

EDUTL 5453

EDUTL 5225

EDUTL 5469

EDUTL 5650

EDUTL 5501

EDUTL 3189

EDUTL 4189

EDUTL 5191

ESEPSY 2309

ESQREM 3005

Early Childhood/Visual Impairment

ESEPSY 2309

EDUTL 5468

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5123

EDUTL 5137

EDUTL 5102

EDUTL 5108

EDUTL 5129

EDUTL 5226

EDUTL 5339

EDUTL 5453

EDUTL 5225

EDUTL 5469

EDUTL 5650

EDUTL 5501

ESQREM 3005

EDUTL 3189

EDUTL 4189

EDUTL 5191

ESSPED 5760

EDUTL 5506

EDUTL 5507

EDUTL 5525

EDUTL 5508

EDUTL 5510

EDUTL 5505

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

EDUTL 5442

ESEPSY 2309

ESWDE 5189.03

ESWDE 5189.04

ESSPED 5650

ESWDE 5189.01

ESWDE 5189.02

ESWDE 5622

ESWDE 5623

ESWDE 5624

ESWDE 5655

ESWDE 5665

ESWDE 5667

ESWDE 5672

ESWDE 5701

ESWDE 5784

Human Nutrition – Dietetics

HN 4504

HN 4609

HN 4610

HN 5611

Integrated Language Arts

EDUTL 3356

ESEPSY 2309

EDUTL 5501

ESSPED 5650

ESEPSY 5401

EDUTL 5442

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5341

EDUTL 5345

EDUTL 5346

EDUTL 3189

EDUTL 4189

EDUTL 5191

Middle Childhood Education

EDUTL 3356

ESEPSY 2309

EDUTL 5468

ESEPSY 5401

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5220

EDUTL 5225

EDUTL 5226

EDUTL 5469

EDUTL 5501

ESSPED 5650

ESQREM 3005

EDUTL 3189

EDUTL 4189

EDUTL 5191

EDUTL 5230

EDUTL 5270

EDUTL 5275

EDUTL 5280

Physical Education Teacher Education

KNPE 3189.01

KNPE 3740

KNPE 4191.01

KNPE 4191.02

KNPE 4743

TESOL

EDUTL 3356

ESEPSY 2309

ESEPSY 5401

EDUTL 5468

EDUTL 5469

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5501

ESSPED 5650

EDUTL 5620

EDUTL 5615

EDUTL 5630

EDUTL 5640

EDUTL 5610

EDUTL 5645

EDUTL 5470

EDUTL 3189

EDUTL 4189

EDUTL 5191

EDUTL 5195

Special Education

ESPHE 3410

ESSPED 5722

ESSPED 5742

ESSPED 5750

ESSPED 5760

ESSPED 5769

EDUTL 5468

EDUTL 5469

EDUTL 5470

ESSPED 5738

ESSPED 5761

ESSPED 5734

STEM Education

ESPHE 3410

ESEPSY 5401

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 5501

EDUTL 5442

EDUTL 5711

EDUTL 5712

EDUTL 5741

EDUTL 5744

EDUTL 5745

EDUTL 5721

EDUTL 5722

EDUTL 4189

EDUTL 5191

EDUTL 5195

World Language Education

EDUTL 5501

ESEPSY 5401

ESEPSY 2309

EDUTL 5442

EDUTL 5612

EDUTL 5613

EDUTL 5614

EDUTL 5005

EDUTL 3189.06

EDUTL 4189.06

EDUTL 5101.06

Graduate-Level Courses

EDUTL 6050

EDUTL 6052

EDUTL 6301

EDUTL 6303

EDUTL 6530

EDUTL 6645

EDUTL 6808

EDUTL 7316

EDUTL 7348

EDUTL 7365

EDUTL 7427

EDUTL 7428

EDUTL 7429

EDUTL 7645

EDUTL 7701

EDUTL 7702

EDUTL 7705

EDUTL 7711

EDUTL 7712

EDUTL 7713

EDUTL 7719

ESCE 6189.01

ESCE 6189.02

ESCE 7191.01

ESCE 7191.02

ESCFE 7392

ESEADM 7350

ESEADM 7354

ESEADM 7356

ESEADM 7359

ESEADM 7362

ESEADM 7364

ESEADM 7366

ESEADM 7368

ESEADM 7897

ESEPSY 7350

ESEPSY 7350

ESLTECH 6273

ESLTECH 6274

ESLTECH 6372

ESLTECH 8295

ESQREM 6625

ESQREM 6641

ESQUAL 7230

ESSPED 6510

ESSPED 6511

ESSPED 6512

ESSPED 6520

ESSPED 6521

ESSPED 6556

ESSPED 7750

ESSPED 8189

ESTEPL 8421

HDFS 6782

HDFS 7350

HDFS 8189.12

HDFS 8860

HDFS 8875

Other important PA/NP notes

*Majors with no ineligible courses

  • Consumer Family Financial Services (CFFS)
  • Exercise Science
  • Fashion and Retail Studies
  • Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Exercise Science (HPNES)
  • Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Nutrition – Nutrition Sciences
  • Human Nutrition – Nutrition in Industry
  • Sport Industry

*Planning to apply to physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school, law school or another professional programs?
While some schools are accepting PA/NP grades for SP20, it is important to check in with your individual school to confirm its policy. Many will still want to see grades for this semester, while others are making exceptions.

*Pursuing the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification? CFP courses in the Consumer and Family Financial Services curriculum are not restricted from PA/NP, but it is encouraged to take them for a letter grade.