You will have questions about how the new grading system will impact your academic career.
Please find a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) relating to the change.
1) Will this term's grades be provided in the new format (ie., letter grades rather than numeric grades), or does the new system of grade reporting start with the Spring term courses?
The new grading system becomes effective May 1, 2011 with the Summer term. Instructors will submit grades electronically to People Soft for the Winter Term 2011, but the grades will be according to the current system (e.g., percentage grades in most Faculties and Schools).
2) Do the previous grades on transcripts coming out later this year stay as is, or do they get converted simply to the new letter grades and the previous numeric grades no longer appear?
All grades will remain unchanged; percentage grades received up to and including April 30, will not be converted to letter grades. A change of grade relating to any term prior to April 30, 2011, will continue to reflect the current system. Letter grades will become the official grading system for academic terms commencing on or after May 1, 2011.
3) When the new letter grades system becomes operational, how do GPAs get calculated for previous terms? Or do you start reporting GPAs just for the new term for which the letter grades come on line and no GPAs get reported for previous terms or years when numeric grades were used?
Historical course weights will be converted to credit units and a GPA will be calculated for previous terms based on the approved conversion range for percentage grades (published on the OUR web site and on the Official Transcript legend). GPAs will not print on transcripts for students who are no longer registered. The transcript for new and continuing students will show a term and cumulative GPA.
4) When does the new SOLUS system come on line to replace the QCARD system?
SOLUS will come on-line on March 8, 2011. There will be a transition period until May 1, 2011, in which students will access some services on SOLUS while some through links on self-serve. Specifically, students will order transcripts through existing “e-services” until May 1 and apply to graduate for Spring Convocation. SOLUS will be used for all other purposes (e.g., registering for summer courses, financial accounts, updating summer mailing addresses).
5) Will the new transcript include grade distribution data and rankings?
No. The transcript is an official presentation of an individual student academic record, it is not considered best practice to include performance indicators on the transcript that relate to multiple student records. One grade change can change the indicator, resulting in a change to an individual’s transcript without knowledge or consent. Grade distribution reports have been developed and will be accessible on the web and can be printed and included with transcripts if desired.