The Becker community, like the rest of nation and the world, is truly experiencing unprecedented, challenging times. We know that the shift to remote learning has been stressful to our students and our faculty, in addition to other stresses we’re all feeling right now. We want to help make this time a little less stressful and help you be successful this semester. To that end, we’re instituting revised academic policies for the spring 2020 semester.
Academic Policies: Spring 2020
Revised Requirements for Participation in the Rescheduled 2020 Commencement Ceremony
A student may participate in 2020 Commencement exercises if he/she has completed all degree requirements by the end of August 2020, or if they will be within two courses, or up to seven (7) credits, of completing degree requirements going into the Fall semester. The student must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 and must be meeting all other requirements. Students who are now eligible to participate under these revised guidelines, which apply to the 2020 Commencement only, and have not already submitted an intent to graduate, should do so through MyBecker.
Please refer to the current catalog for additional graduation requirements and policies, which still apply.
Revisions to Grading Policy for the Spring 2020 Semester
This policy has been extended to also apply for the Summer 2020 semester
Due to the academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shift to delivering courses via remote learning for the second half of the Spring 2020 semester, Becker College is offering undergraduate students the option to change a passing letter grade submitted by a faculty member to a grade of Passing (P), and failing grades will be recorded as No Credit (NC) rather than F.
The details below outline this policy that will be in effect for the Spring 2020 semester for courses that are running in Module 3, Block B, or for the full semester only.
- Students may convert a passing grade to a grade of P. Students will earn credit for courses with a P grade; however, the grade will have no impact on a student’s grade point average.
- Rather than receiving a grade of F for this semester, all grades below a 60% will be entered as NC (no credit). Like an F, courses with an NC grade will earn the students no credit; however, these grades will not impact a student’s grade point average. Students receiving a grade of NC in a required course must retake the course.
- Faculty will submit earned grades to the Registrar as per the published academic calendar. Students should expect to receive access to their earned grades in MyBecker by Wednesday, May 13.
- The decision to replace a letter grade with a grade of P should not be taken lightly and may impact students’ future plans, such as plans to apply to graduate school. Because of this, students wishing to replace a passing grade with a P grade must contact their Dean directly. The Dean will discuss the matter with the student and make sure the student is making an informed decision. After talking with the Dean, the student’s decision is reported to the Registrar and is a final, non-reversible decision.
- Students must contact their Dean no later than Wednesday, May 20, to discuss their intent to change their grade(s). All requests must be forwarded to the Registrar by the end of the day on May 29.
- Students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program must receive an earned grade of a C or higher in some courses to progress within the program. Students receiving a grade below a C still must retake the course but will remain eligible to continue in their program.
- Students enrolled in the ASN or BSN Nursing programs must receive an earned grade of a C+ or higher in Nursing courses, and a grade of C or higher in pre-requisite courses, to progress within the program as outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. Students receiving an earned grade below a C+ in Nursing courses and below a C in pre-requisite courses will be able to retake the course and will remain eligible to remain in their program; however, they cannot progress to the next level of Nursing coursework until they achieve the required earned grade.
Extended Date for Withdrawal without a Grade
In the Spring 2020 semester, the last day students may withdraw from a course without a grade has been extended until the last day of classes – Thursday, April 30, 2020. Students withdrawing through the end of the day on April 30 will receive a grade of W. A grade of W earned in the Spring 2020 semester will not impact a student’s eligibility to remain enrolled in the Veterinary Technology or Nursing program.
Eligibility for Dean’s List in Spring 2020 Semester
To be eligible for Dean’s List recognition in the Spring 2020 semester, traditional program students must be enrolled full-time (12 minimum credits), and undergraduate students in the School of Graduate & Professional Studies must complete 9 or more credits for the semester. All Dean’s List students will have earned a term grade point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a B-; no grades of No Credit (NC) or Pass (P); and no incomplete (I) grades unless they were received due to cancelled experiential learning opportunities (a practicum, internship, externship, etc.).
Please remember that your Becker College community is here to support you and to help you be academically successful, even in these challenging times. Please reach out to your CCEA advisor, the CLC staff, the library staff, your professors, your Dean, or any other Becker staff members with your questions and concerns. We are all here for you, and we look forward to welcoming all students back to campus soon.