Spring Term 2014 “NC” No Basis for Grade Conversation
Should we continue to offer the “NC” No Basis for Grade?
Questions/Issues to Consider:
1. What is the purpose of the “NC” grade?
According to COPPS and our grading rubrics:
NC (No Credit): Issuing a grade of “NC” is at the instructor’s discretion and is used when the instructor believes the student has not participated enough in the class to earn a grade. It is not meant and should not be used to replace an “F” or “Incomplete”. Always include the last date of attendance. P, NP, NC, I and U are not used to compute GPA
2. How common is it for faculty to assign an “NC” grade at Lane?
This chart reflects the number of credit grades awarded and how many were “NC” No Basis for Grade between fall 2011 and fall 2013. Note what percentages of all grades awarded this represents. (College Now grades excluded)
|Term||# of Credit Grades||# of NC Grades||Percentage|
3. Is the reason for assigning an “NC” consistent between faculty?
Some faculty use the “NC” to provide a grade for students who registered, but never attended.
Some faculty use the “NC” to provide a grade for students who registered, attended for some period of time, and stopped attending.
Some faculty use the “NC” when the student stayed in the class, but did not participate enough to warrant another grade.
Some faculty use the “NC” when students ask that they not receive an “F” to not have their GPA negatively impacted.
Could there be other reasons?
4. What is the impact of earning an “NC” on the student?
The credit associated with an “NC” is used in the Academic Progress Standing calculation, and it can cause a student to receive an Alert 1, Alert 2, or Alert 3 hold if having this contributes to the student completing less than 67% of attempted credits.
Students receiving financial aid and earning an “NC” will not receive credit toward graduation, but the credits associated with it count against their total available to be funded in the financial aid credit limit process.
Students who are receiving financial aid retroactively cannot be paid for an “NC” grade, but can for an “F”.
An “NC” does not calculate into a student’s GPA.
5. What grade would a faculty member assign instead of an “NC”?
If the student fails to drop the class by the eighth week of the term, they would receive an “F” for failing to continue to attend and/or not submitting work enough work to warrant a grade beyond “F”.
6. How does an “NC” grade impact Financial Aid?
While the instructions for assigning an “NC” direct the faculty to provide a last date of attendance, this is not a required step in myLane, so it is possible that we could be in violation of the federal financial aid regulations if we pay a student for attending when they were not in attendance.
“NC” grade credits are calculated into the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation and are counted in the total number of credits that can be used with financial aid.
7. Do the other Oregon community colleges use an “NC” or equivalent grade?
An analysis of sister Oregon Community Colleges, Valencia College and Salt Lake Community College shows that an “NC” No Basis for Grade is not a standard grade utilized and in most cases it has been retired.
|Institution||NC Grade?||Registrar Comments|
|Lane||Yes||Recording the Last Date of Attendance for an “NC” is not forced in myLane and is often left blank.|
|Chemeketa||No||We used to have an “N” grade and that went away in 2009-10.|
|Linn-Benton||Yes||Our Academic Affairs Committee is meeting to discuss getting rid of X “no basis”, and WP “Work in Progress” grades.|
|Rogue||Yes||“Z” indicates no basis for grade (e.g., you do not attend beyond the first third of the scheduled class meetings). If you attend beyond the first third of the scheduled class meetings a grade for the class other than “Z” must be assigned.|
|Klamath||No||At KCC we have no such grade. The student typically receives an “F” grade in your situations below. If the student is not happy, we make them do an appeal for a “Late Drop”.|
|TVCC||No||Our instructor’s give students “F” grades; we don’t have a grade for students that stopped attending class.|
|Tillamook||No||TBCC does not have a grade for students who stop attending. They receive the grade they earn, which is a lot of ‘F’s.|
|Salt Lake CC||No|
|Umpqua||No||We discontinued the use of the “Y” (no basis for grade) about six years ago. Now, instructors must assign an A-F or P grade. Any grades left blank are reported to the VP/Deans for follow-up.|