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WINTER 2021 AND SPRING 2021 P/NP DECISION (updated 02/18/2021)

On January 19, 2021 the UCSD Academic Senate approved temporary accommodations to Senate policies for Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 concerning the P/NP grading option for undergraduate students. These accommodations were approved to support students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, Economics does not accept any courses for the major if graded P/NP—all major courses must be taken for a letter grade. However, in light of the decision of the Senate, and considering the exceptional circumstances, the Department of Economics has agreed to temporarily revise the P/NP policy for Economics, Management Science, and Joint Math-Econ majors as follows:

A maximum of four (4) major courses taken in Winter Quarter 2021 and a maximum of two (2) major courses taken in Spring Quarter 2021 will be accepted for major credit as long as a student earns a Passing (P) grade. This policy includes upper and lower division courses as well as any math classes required for our majors.

NOTE: Courses that are always taken P/NP only do not count against this four-class limit (i.e. Econ 195, Econ 199)

HONORS:  The P/NP option for WI21 and SP21 does not apply. Students pursuing honors must take the additional courses needed, beyond the major requirements, for a LETTER GRADE to be eligible for Distinction or Highest Distinction (additional advanced electives, one-unit Honors courses, and Honors Essay courses). All Upper-Division Major GPA requirements for Honors remain as posted for each major. See major requirements checklists on this site for details.

Full details regarding the Department's decision, and important considerations, regarding selecting P/NP are outlined in the letter from the Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education sent to all majors in the Department of Economics on 02/18/2021. 

Some additional considerationations are outlined below.

Major GPA and graded coursework is required for:

* Entrance into Economics Honors courses, the Honors Essay Econ 191AB
* Undergraduate Instructional Apprentice (UIA) eligibility
* Letters of Recommendation (a grade of A- or higher is required in order for faculty to write a letter)
* Scholarships and Fellowships
* Some internship opportunities
* Some employers
* Visa status
* Veterans status
* NCAA status
*Graduate programs

When in doubt, make an informed decision. Check with campus units (ISPO, Veterans Affairs, etc.), appropriate agencies, prospective internships, prospective employers, graduate programs, scholarship entities, etc., before making your decision about P/NP.

 

FALL 2020: P/NP Decision (updated 01/04/2021)

On December 8th the Educational Policy Committee of the Academic Senate decided to offer students a one-time only opportunity to petition to retroactively change grading options from Letter to Pass/Not Pass for Fall 2020 classes. The option will be accessible to you during the first four weeks of Winter 2021: January 4 - January 29, 2021.

The objective of the policy is to offer you an option that might be helpful in attenuating the impact that circumstances out of your control might have had on your academic performance in Fall 2020.

Typically, the Department of Economics does not accept any courses for major requirements if graded P/NP—all major courses must be taken for a letter grade.

However, in light of the decision of the Educational Policy Committee, and considering the exceptional circumstances, the Department of Economics has agreed to revise this policy for Economics, Management Science, and Joint Math-Econ majors as follows for Fall 2020:

A maximum of four major courses, taken in Fall 2020 and where the student earns a Passing (P) grade, will be accepted for major credit. This policy for the Fall refers to upper and lower division courses as well as any math classes required for our majors. Courses that are always taken P/NP only do not count against this four-class limit (i.e. Econ 195, Econ 199).

In deciding whether to take the option of retroactively changing your grades for Fall 2020, please keep in mind that the P/NP option should not be used lightly, as it may have an impact on the opportunities that you might have in the near future.

To view all details and considerations of the Department's decision, see email letter from Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education sent 01/04/2021

NOTE HONORS:  P/NP option for FA20 does not apply. Students pursuing honors must take the additional courses needed, beyond the major requirements, for a LETTER GRADE to be eligible for Distinction or Highest Distinction (additional advanced electives, one-unit Honors courses, and Honors Essay courses). All Upper-Division Major GPA requirements for Honors remain as posted for each major. See major requirements checklists on this site for details.

Please see the university's FAQ page (https://vcsa.ucsd.edu/news/covid-19/academic-resources.html) on petitioning a retroactive change of grading option in Fall Quarter 2020 for additional guidance. 

The form to submit a petition to retroactively change your grading option(s) from Letter to Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) in Fall 2020 classes is available at: https://ucsd.kualibuild.com/app/builder/#/app/5fd286ae3c55fe0cf3e73b8b/run 

  • The form will close on January 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST. 
  • Students are required to access the form through Single Sign-On using their active directory login credentials. 
  • The form will allow students to change the grading option from Letter to P/NP for one, multiple, or all of their Fall 2020 courses. 
  • The form will be submitted directly to the Educational Policy Committee and Office of the Registrar. These petitions will be granted. 
  • Students are responsible for checking their records to verify their grading option request was updated. Requests will be processed in the order that they are received, and processing may take up to 15 business days from the date the request is submitted. Requests for rush processing will not be honored. Changes to final grades will be visible through the Academic History tool in TritonLink; students will not be notified after their requests have been processed. 


SUMMER 2020:

P/NP courses will not be allowed for major credit.

SPRING 2020:

The response by the Department of Economics to allow up to four P/NP courses accepted for major credit in SP20 only, remains in place. This was a one-time only departmental exception.

The policy for Economics, Management Science, and Joint Math-Econ majors as follows for Spring 2020 only:

A maximum of FOUR major courses, taken in Spring 2020 and where the student earns a Passing (P) grade, will be accepted for major credit.

This policy for the spring refers to upper and lower division courses as well as any math classes required for our majors. NOTE: Courses that are always taken P/NP only do not count against this four-class limit (i.e. Econ 195, Econ 199)

To view all details, see email letter from Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education sent 3/30/2020

HONORS:  P/NP option for SP20 does not apply. Students pursuing honors must take the additional courses needed, beyond the major requirements, for a LETTER GRADE to be eligible for Distinction or Highest Distinction (additional advanced electives, and one-unit Honors courses).  All Upper-Division Major GPA requirements for Honors remain as posted for each major. See major requirements checklists on this site for details.