Message from the Senior Vice President
There has been a great deal of uncertainty and disruption in the past month. Our faculty have transformed the entire teaching enterprise of the University into online delivery over the course of Spring Break with little time to prepare. Students were likewise caught unaware, as course requirements have shifted and extra levels of internet connectivity in the home are required even as quarantine restrictions have become stricter.
Maintaining quality instruction and preserving learning outcomes have been our most important campus goals, short of preserving the health and safety of our community.
Recognizing that our lives have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, the university has developed a plan that provides options to students regarding how their coursework will be graded this semester. This plan was developed with input from the Faculty Senate, Faculty Union, Student Government Association, Deans’ Council, and a survey distributed to all faculty. Models from the University of Hawai’i system, the Pennsylvania State University system, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison were also consulted.
The plan reflects the possibility that some students, through no fault of their own, may not achieve the grades they could have if they had attended on-campus classes for the entire semester. The plan also is designed to minimize impacts to GPAs and academic transcripts.
Students have three options available to them this semester and should contact their academic advisors for guidance before proceeding.
The alternate grades available to undergraduates are as follows:
By Graduate Studies policy, a grade of C or better is required for students to receive credit, so these alternative grades are not appropriate for graduate coursework.
For courses in which students earn a P (Pass) or CR (Credit) grade, the credits will count toward total credits earned and completed courses for financial aid purposes. Students will be “held harmless” by the choice to select P/CR/NC in Fañomnåkan 2020. Choosing the alternate grading option will not negatively impact their academic journey at UOG, nor will it be a barrier to entry into subsequent courses.
Faculty will enter letter grades as per their syllabus grading policies at the end of the Fañomnåkan 2020 semester. Students will then have until June 1, 2020 to review their grades and seek advisement to exercise the alternate grading option.
While we would want this opportunity to apply to undergraduate courses, there will be exceptions, such as when strict program degree requirements or accreditor rules prohibit it. We are in contact with specific accreditation bodies to understand how these exceptions apply to UOG students. Further, students intending to attend graduate, medical, or law school also may want or need to keep letter grades.
To ensure that students have considered their alternatives and the potential impacts carefully, advisement Is required to exercise any of these options. Many students will want to keep earned letter grades to reflect their accomplishments, and it will be their decision whether to keep the letter grade for a course or to have it converted to the corresponding alternative grade as noted above.
Additional information regarding the implications of this emergency policy is available in the amended EMSS Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) located at www.uog.edu/emss.
The President, the Deans, and I have been impressed at the agility of our faculty to convert the entire curriculum, the resiliency demonstrated by our students in responding to these changes, and the Triton Spirit exhibited by all as we work together to contain and survive the coronavirus.
Anita Borja Enriquez, DBA
Senior Vice President and Provost