Message from Aileen Najduch, Acting Vice-President, Academic
We know what a challenging time this has been for all of you. Our “new normal” is filled with new stresses, new challenges, and new obstacles that we must work to overcome every day, and I commend you for your patience, and your trust as we worked tirelessly to transition our programs to support a new way of teaching.
This transition certainly hasn’t been an easy one as our courses were entirely upended by COVID-19. In order to ease that burden, the College is introducing new grading options to recognize these extraordinary challenges you’re facing as a result of this global pandemic. This new option will allow you to convert any grades in the current academic term to a “Credit” or “Not Complete” option should you choose.
First, at the end of the term you will receive traditional letter grades as you normally would. Once you’ve had an opportunity to review your grade report in HUB (Student Resources/Grades) you will be able to choose to convert your letter grades into a “Credit” or “Not Complete” grade. You will be able to do this on a course-by-course basis.
Choosing “Credit” will indicate that you have fulfilled the minimum requirements of the course, while a grade of “No Complete” will indicate that you did not. Neither grade will be counted towards your GPA.
This grade conversion is like those being offered at many other institutions around the country. It recognizes that both faculty and you have been thrown into a tremendously demanding situation through no fault of your own, and that many of you are also facing unforeseen challenges like childcare or job loss.
This is a difficult time to assess academic achievement, and RRC is adding this option to accommodate both you and faculty, to provide a bit of a safety net, and to reduce stress for you as you go into exams.
- If you select “Credit or CR” you will receive the necessary academic credit for your course and you will be able to move on in your program without worrying about any impacts to your GPA.
- If you chose to convert a failing grade into a “Not Complete or NC” grade, you will not receive credit for the course but it will not count against your final GPA. A grade of NC will require that you repeat the course if this is a required course in your program.
- You can also choose to keep the traditional letter grade that you earned.
While this change won’t impact your ability to progress with your studies at Red River College, in some situations, this option may have implications for programs that are approved or accredited by external organizations. The College continues to work closely with our partner organizations to ensure you’re supported.
Before making any final decisions you’re encouraged to have a conversation with your instructor or program Chair first. It is also recommended that you take a moment to review our FAQs as it’s important for you to be well-informed prior to making a final decision regarding your grade.
I want to thank you again for your patience and resilience as we all work together to adjust to the impacts we’re facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Together, we will work to ensure that you have the education and training you need to help rebuild our province’s economy when the time comes. For now, please stay safe, stay healthy, and continue to do your part to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Acting Vice-President, Academic
Red River College