CR/NC FAQ for students

Updated: April 29, 9:12 a.m.

General Questions

Why are we not allowed to choose between a letter grade and CR/NC?

This University wide decision was made by the General Faculties Council Executive Committee to ensure equity among all students, to preserve academic integrity and to manage the issues presented by an uncertain future including the impact on students. You can find the reasons for this decision here.

I have worked really hard this semester - can I apply for an exception so I can get a letter grade rather than a CR/NC?

The Faculty of Science will not be granting exceptions to the CR/NC.

What is the difference between NC and Withdrawal?
‘NC’ or no credit means you remained in the course but did not achieve the learning outcomes or mastery to pass the course. A ‘W’ or withdrawal means you removed yourself from the course before the course finished.
What is the benefit of a CR/NC vs a W?

You have done the work in the course, and will get *3 if you get CR for the course. It will then count towards program requirements and prerequisites. If you take a W, you will be required to take the course again if it is needed. You do have the option to withdraw from the course, take a W, and retake the course at a later date to receive a letter grade. The decision is up to you.

What is the cut off to get CR? Is that a C or a D? A:
CR you normally would get a passing grade, D or above. An NC means you have not successfully completed the course.
If I receive NC does it count in my two attempts to take the course like a W or F does?
NC will not count towards your attempt at this course, nor will a W, just for Winter 2020.

Graduation

2019-2020 Fall/Winter GPA Calculation

Academic Standing
Thank you for your patience as we navigate through planning for the completion of the Winter 2020 term in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Faculty of Science reviews each student's progress in their degree through a process called Academic Standing. This is based on performance over the Fall/Winter term. With the decision to move to CR/NC for Winter 2020, we have had to modify our academic standing regulations for 2019-2020.
General Students

Your 2019-2020 Fall/Winter GPA will be calculated only on courses for which you have received a letter grade; CR/NC will not factor into a GPA calculation. Specific to the General program in the Faculty of Science, the following outlines how your Academic Standing will be evaluated. Please note:

  • All course load requirements are waived.

  • All course- and discipline-specific GPA requirements are waived.

  • All courses with CR will satisfy prerequisite requirements.  

  • Courses with NC will not be credited to your degree and will not satisfy prerequisite requirements. Courses with NC will not be counted as an attempted course.

  • AW is Academic Warning

  • RTW is Required to Withdraw

 

 

F19 GPA 2.0 or above

F19 GPA 1.9 or below

General, in satisfactory standing

Satisfactory Standing

Defer standing

General, on Academic Warning

Clear Academic Warning 

Associate Dean (Undergraduate)  to review: Continue on AW OR RTW

General, on Probation

Associate Dean (Undergraduate) to review: Clear Probation OR Continue Probation OR RTW (individual assessment against all conditions of probation)

Associate Dean (Undergraduate) to review: Continue on Probation OR RTW (individual assessment against all conditions of probation)

Honor Students

Your 2019-2020 Fall/Winter GPA will be calculated only on courses for which you have received a letter grade; CR/NC will not factor into a GPA calculation. Specific to the Honors programs in the Faculty of Science, the following outlines how your Academic Standing will be evaluated. Please note:

  • All course load requirements are waived.

  • All course- and discipline-specific GPA requirements are waived.

  • All courses with CR will satisfy prerequisite requirements.  

  • Courses with NC will not be credited to your degree and will not satisfy prerequisite requirements. Courses with NC will not be counted as an attempted course.  

  • MNC is May Not Continue in Current Program

F19 GPA 3.0 or above

F19 GPA 2.3-2.9

F19 GPA 2.0-2.2

F19 GPA below 2.0

Honors with 3.0 GPA requirement

Satisfactory Standing

Continue in program (no MNC), discuss program progression with advisor.

MNC (option to appeal). Continue in General or Specialization.

MNC (option to appeal). Continue in General.

F19 GPA 3.3 or above

F19 GPA 3.0-3.2

F19 GPA 2.0-2.9

F19 GPA below 2.0

Honors with 3.3 GPA requirement 

Satisfactory Standing

Continue in program (no MNC), discuss program progression with advisor.

MNC (option to appeal). Continue in General or Specialization.

MNC (option to appeal).

Continue in General.

Specialization Students

Your 2019-2020 Fall/Winter GPA will be calculated only on courses for which you have received a letter grade; CR/NC will not factor into a GPA calculation. Specific to the Specialization programs in the Faculty of Science, the following outlines how your Academic Standing will be evaluated. Please note:

  • All course load requirements are waived.

  • All course- and discipline-specific GPA requirements are waived.

  • All courses with CR will satisfy prerequisite requirements.  

  • Courses with NC will not be credited to your degree and will not satisfy prerequisite requirements. Courses with NC will not be counted as an attempted course.  

  • MNC is May Not Continue in Current Program

F19 GPA 2.3 or above

F19 GPA between 2.0 and 2.2

F19 GPA below 2.0

Specialization with 2.3 GPA requirement 

Satisfactory Standing

Continue in program (no MNC), discuss program progression with advisor.

MNC (option to appeal).

Continue in General.

F19 GPA 2.7 or above

F19 GPA between 2.3 and 2.6

F19 GPA between 2.0 and 2.2

F19 GPA below 2.0

Specialization with 2.7 GPA requirement 

Satisfactory Standing

Continue in program (no MNC), discuss program progression with advisor.

MNC (option to appeal). Continue in General.

MNC (option to appeal).

Continue in General.

What does 'defer standing' mean?
Students in the BSc General program who were in satisfactory standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) last year (Fall 2018 - Winter 2019) and have a GPA less than 2.0 in Fall 2019 this year will have their academic standing deferred. This means satisfactory standing assigned from last year remains the same through this year and the next academic standing will be assigned at the end of Fall 2020 - Winter 2021.
Questions?

Should you have any questions or require any clarification on your academic standing, please connect with your specialization advisor, or email advisor.science@ualberta.ca.

We wish you all the best in the final week of the Winter 2020 term and as you transition into final exams and assessments.

Admission

I have heard that other faculties are accepting letters from professors as supplemental documentation for admission? Can I submit a letter from a professor for a class I was excelling in?
Grades and relative performance for the Winter 2020 term will not be used by the University of Alberta for any admissions decisions. As such, please note that no supplementary documentation will be accepted or used for admission evaluation purposes.
How will my admission into the Faculty of Science be evaluated?

Currently we are working through over 1,100 applications to the Faculty of Science. Our process is to review fall term grades (and any prior F/W) and determine if you are admissible based on the program requirements outlined in the calendar. If you are admissible at that time, we offer you early admission. The CR/NC policy does not change this. If you are not admissible based on your fall term grades, we will hold your record for further evaluation.

I am taking prerequisite courses to get into Nursing/graduate school/etc. and the grades I get are used for admission. Will I be okay if I get CR? What if I withdraw?

Only the Faculty responsible for administering the program can answer your questions. In the case of this example, you need to contact the Faculty of Nursing or the appropriate graduate program, etc.

I have an application into another faculty, how will that be impacted?

The receiving faculty (or other institution) retains the authority to decide how they are going to admit. You should contact them directly to understand how they are managing admissions.

The receiving faculty (or other institution) retains the authority to decide how they are going to admit. You should contact them directly to understand how they are managing admissions. Please note that these are extenuating circumstances, and many programs are needing to rethink the way they have historically evaluated applicants given the COVID-19 pandemic.