2020-2021 Academic Year Alternative Grading Policy

The University understands that the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated and, in many ways, has increased in it's disruption since the start of the Fall 2020 semester.  We realize that the stresses of this reality are causing students to be more anxious than ever before.  When we implemented the COVID-19 grading policy for Spring 2020, we found that students ultimately ended up performing better when compared to previous Spring semesters.  Many of us believe that this was because the policy provided students with the opportunity to focus on learning instead of worrying so much about their grades.

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It is in this context that we are announcing that the COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy adopted for the Spring 2020 semester will be applied to the entire 2020-2021 Academic Year, which encompasses the Fall 2020, Winter 2020/2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semesters.

Implementation Timeline and Impact on Services - Updated for Winter 2020/2021

Winter 2020/2021

Date Day Action
TBD TBD Student Alternative Grade Selection Tool Available in myWCU
01/26/2021 Tuesday Transcript Ordering Disabled for Students Enrolled in Winter 2020/2021 Courses
01/26/2021 (3:00pm) Tuesday Faculty Grades Due
01/27/2021 (4:00pm) Wednesday Students can view Awarded Grades in myWCU
01/31/2021 (8:00pm) Sunday Change of Grade Workflow Disabled for Winter 2020/2021 Courses*
02/01/2021 (12:00pm) Monday Alternative Grading Selections Due from Students
02/02/2021 Tuesday Alternative Grading Processes and Academic Standing Processes Completed
02/02/2021 (3:00pm) Tuesday Transcript Ordering Re-Enabled
02/03/2021 Wednesday Change of Grade Workflow Re-Enabled

* In order to facilitate the alternative grading process, the change of grade workflow will not available for Winter 2020/2021 courses beginning at 8:00pm on Sunday, 01/31. It will become available again on Wednesday, 02/03.

 

Policy Information/FAQs - Updated for Winter 2020/2021

Please click on the links below for more information regarding the 2020-2021 Academic Year Alternative Grading Policy:

Alternative Grade Types

The alternative grading types implemented for Spring 2020 are also being utilized for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.  The grade types, along with credit information and GPA impact, are listed below.

 
Grade Credit GPA Impact
E (Earned Credit) Credit Earned for the Course No GPA Impact
N (No Credit) No Credit Earned for the Course No GPA Impact
S (Satisfactory) Credit Earned for the Course No GPA Impact
 

Original Grade Report

Did you know you can access your faculty awarded grades through your myWCU account, even if you elected not to have them included in your GPA or posted on your transcript?  The Original Grade Report is an official document containing the faculty awarded grade(s) earned.  Please be aware that this document is only available for semesters when the Alternative Grading Policy was implemented and only contains the list of courses with the faculty awarded grades.  If you need additional information, such as major, degree information, or cumulative GPA, you will need to access your transcript.

 


SPRING 2020: COVID-19 Alternative Grading Policy

For the Spring 2020 semester, West Chester University implemented a flexible, new "opt-in" grading system. Students were asked to determine which grading option worked for them after official grades were posted at the end of the semester.

Why Was It Implemented?

In the midst of the Spring 2020 semester, the COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives upside down.  In March 2020, West Chester University made the decision to convert all Spring 2020 courses to an alternative mode of delivery - where learning would continue, while ensuring the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff. 

West Chester University stood by the promise to put students first and foremost in order to help them succeed by maintaining an educational environment centered on learning.  The focus was for students to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their personal and professional lives.

Students were given the capability to choose the grading system that worked best for them on a course-by-course basis once grades were posted at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

This temporary policy allowed all of us to focus on what was important - student success and learning.

Policy Information/FAQs

Please click on the links below for more information on the Spring 2020 Alternative Grading Policy.

Grade Types Created

To successfully implement the Alternative Grading Policy for Spring 2020, new grade types were created:

 
Grade Credit GPA Impact
E (Earned Credit) Credit Earned for the Course No GPA Impact
N (No Credit) No Credit Earned for the Course No GPA Impact
S (Satisfactory) Credit Earned for the Course No GPA Impact
 

Original Grade Report

Did you know you can access your Spring 2020 faculty awarded grades, even if you elected not to have them included in your GPA or posted on your transcript, through your myWCU account?  The Spring 2020 Original Grade Report is an official document containing the faculty awarded grade(s) earned. Please be aware that this document contains Spring 2020 course and grade information only. If you need additional information, such as major, degree information, or cumulative GPA, you will need to access your transcript.

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