Center for Inclusive Excellence Ensuring that Learning Happens Everywhere.
Fall 2020 P/N Option:
First, I want to thank you for making it through this semester. I don’t think many of us imagined a Fall semester where we walked around with masks on or learned through a tool called a ladibug. But learning happens everywhere, and in a wide variety of forms, as you have demonstrated.
Second, the University again has decided to offer all students the choice of taking a Pass/No Credit (P/N) option in their courses. At Point Park, we have Pass / No Credit as defined in the Student Handbook. This is better for students because No Credit does not hurt your GPA the way a Fail would. You will still need to make up the credits, class, or classes that you took an N in, however.
You do not have to choose the P/N option until December 28th, 2020. You will see the letter grades that you earned and then make the decision between the 28th and January 6th, 2021. Below I’ve assembled a list of considerations, and I encourage you to talk your decision over with your Student Success advisor, your faculty members, and with me. I’ll be available through the entire process to help advise those who struggle with the decision.
Here’s how the option will work:
- You finish the Fall semester. This point is important.
- This policy covers online terms I and II Fall courses and on-ground/hybrid/HyFlex/ or remote Fall semester 2020 courses.
- Once faculty post letter grades for the Fall 2020 courses, you will be able to see the letter grades you earned in your courses.
- Then you may choose to convert grades of A, B, C, or D to Pass; you may choose to convert a grade of F to N, which means No Credit (see the Student Handbook, page 60, for the University grading policy). Or you may choose to keep the letter grades.
- You may opt for P/N for one, some, or all of your courses.
- You will have seven days after grades are posted, from December 28th through January 6th, 2021, to decide which if any letter grades you wish to convert to Pass / No Credit.
- Once the decision is made and submitted, you cannot change your mind.
- If you don’t want to change your grade, you don’t have to do anything. Only students who want to change to P/N will need to contact the Registrar.
- We will provide all students with the appropriate form for electing the Pass / No credit option for one or more of your courses.
Here are the important considerations to weigh as you decide whether to keep the assigned letter grades or switch one or more of them to Pass / No Credit.
- Neither Pass nor No Credit affects your GPA. While this rule seems great if you are doing poorly, it is not so great if you need to achieve a certain GPA. If you are hoping to raise your grades to get a scholarship or join Honors or remain eligible for athletics, P/N grades won’t help.
- If you are on academic probation, Pass (P) grades do not help raise GPA.
- It is unclear how P/N grades are going to work for graduate and professional school applications. Many graduate schools and professional schools, such as law and medical schools, might calculate applicant undergraduate GPA themselves, converting a grade of P to a 2.0. Some do not. If you are thinking about applying to graduate or professional school, check with the graduate school where you are applying to see how they are going to handle P/N grades.
- P/N grades are historically difficult to transfer. If for some reason you are planning to transfer, check with the institution where you are transferring to confirm if it will accept these credits.
- The process for opting to take a P/N is up to you as the student. The default setting for your faculty and the Registrar is that you are accepting the letter grade. You will need to opt-in to the P/N grade.
Once grades are posted at the end of the semester, contact me if you have questions or would like additional information as you make your decision. You’ll receive more information at that time about how to take advantage of the P/N option, and this information will remain available online for you until after the deadline has passed.
I’m Jonas Prida, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Innovation, and you can contact me at email@example.com<./p>
Spring 2020 Registration:
As you know, Registration is on its way, and, much like last semester, there will be some additional components to pay attention to. That said, since you made it through last semester’s registration and all of the Fall semester, registering for new courses should be easy.
First, the dates that Point Web will be open for you to register:
- Graduate/Online Students: November 2
- Seniors (90+ credits) November 2
- Juniors (60-89 credits) November 4
- Sophomores (30-59 credits) November 9
- First-Year (0-29 credits) November 11
- New Students (0 credits) November 30
Second, like last semester, you will see that certain courses are only offered as remote classes; these classes are indicated with an RL next to them. Courses that do not have an RL next to them are available on-ground. There also will be a set of courses that are only available on-ground.
In the below example, you can tell that DIGI 102 O A and DIGI O B are both remote learning courses because they have the RL next to them. The other two DIGI classes are on-ground courses.
Third, and again like last semester, there may be classes that are listed as on-ground but move to remote because of faculty accommodations. There is no easy way to prepare for students or faculty these last-minute changes, but the Registrar’s Office will contact you as soon as possible if this change occurs.
As always, let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for being great students.
Dr. Jonas Prida
Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Innovation
Fall 2020 Remote Courses Option:
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Center for Inclusive Excellence
Point Park University's Center for Inclusive Excellence fosters dynamic pedagogies and co-curricular strategies based on the proposition that learning happens everywhere. By empowering students to discover their own transformative experiences, the CIE emphasizes campus-wide academic excellence, thoughtful implementation of high-impact practices, and yearly measurable outcomes. The CIE reflects Point Park's vision of innovation and diversity, creating strong communities and successful graduates.
To facilitate the proposition, learning happens everywhere; the CIE ensures the following:
- Incorporate high-impact techniques in the classroom, including co-ops, internships, and Capstone courses.
- Encourage conversations about diversity within all levels of the campus community.
- Facilitate diversified learning styles to link co-curricular and curricular activities.
- Construct effective program assessment plans for faculty by analyzing data and developing creative strategies for assessment.
Center for Inclusive Excellence Staff
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with any CIE services. All phone numbers are area code and exchange 412-392.
Dr. Jonas Prida, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Innovation
Jayme Kerr, Coordinator for Inclusive Excellence
Kristin Deluca, Director of Grants and Fellowships