Final Grades for Winter 2020 Term

Thank you for your incredible work in ensuring we can complete this winter semester. I recognize this is a very challenging time and appreciate the efforts from our students, faculty and staff.  As a college community, we continue to evolve our response to the COVID-19 situation. We have received considerable feedback about final grades in credit courses for this term. After careful consideration, with a focus on academic quality and student success as well as to help alleviate the stress that both staff and students are experiencing, we are implementing the following final grade guidelines:

Students will have the choice to accept their final course grade, or alternatively  opt for a Credit Received (CR) or No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) for each of their courses in the Winter 2020 term. The decision to allow this option is a direct acknowledgement of this unprecedented situation. We know how hard our faculty have worked to redesign their courses to maintain a high quality learning environment. While students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or opt for a Credit Received (CR) or a No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) grade, this does not impact our expectations that students will continue to stay highly engaged and committed to their learning and assessments. 

Below are some important frequently asked questions for students. 


Online Classes Continue 

Olds College is working closely with Alberta Health Services to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. 

Under the recommendations of the Government of Alberta, all in-person classes have been cancelled for the winter and spring/summer semesters. Classes have resumed in an online format. We wish to extend our appreciation to all of you for your patience and kindness as we navigate these new circumstances together. Please note: all faculty and student meetings must be done virtually. 


Limited Campus Operations

Following the guidelines of Alberta Health Services around social distancing, we will be moving toward a limited Campus operation effective Monday, March 30. Only essential service employees will be working on campus, all other staff are required to work remotely. All buildings on campus are now closed, with the exception of:

Students or staff who require IT assistance can call 403.507.7777, email ITsupport@oldscollege.ca or fill out the Support Form for account or password issues. 

Students can access the Office of the Registrar by calling 403.556.8281 or email info@oldscollege.ca

Students can access the following Health & Wellness services through email:

COVID-19 Updates: FULL DETAILS

Update 14 - April 3, 2020

Final Grades for Winter 2020 Term

Thank you for your incredible work in ensuring we can complete this winter semester. I recognize this is a very challenging time and appreciate the efforts from our students, faculty and staff.  As a college community, we continue to evolve our response to the COVID-19 situation. We have received considerable feedback about final grades in credit courses for this term. After careful consideration, with a focus on academic quality and student success as well as to help alleviate the stress that both staff and students are experiencing, we are implementing the following final grade guidelines:

Students will have the choice to accept their final course grade, or alternatively  opt for a Credit Received (CR) or No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) for each of their courses in the Winter 2020 term. The decision to allow this option is a direct acknowledgement of this unprecedented situation. We know how hard our faculty have worked to redesign their courses to maintain a high quality learning environment. While students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or opt for a Credit Received (CR) or a No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) grade, this does not impact our expectations that students will continue to stay highly engaged and committed to their learning and assessments. 

Below are some important frequently asked questions for students. 


Online Classes Continue 

Olds College is working closely with Alberta Health Services to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. 

Under the recommendations of the Government of Alberta, all in-person classes have been cancelled for the winter and spring/summer semesters. Classes have resumed in an online format. We wish to extend our appreciation to all of you for your patience and kindness as we navigate these new circumstances together. Please note: all faculty and student meetings must be done virtually. 


Limited Campus Operations

Following the guidelines of Alberta Health Services around social distancing, we will be moving toward a limited Campus operation effective Monday, March 30. Only essential service employees will be working on campus, all other staff are required to work remotely. All buildings on campus are now closed, with the exception of:

  • The computer lab located beside the Learning Commons in the Learning Resource Centre. Open weekdays: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Social distancing protocol must be followed when using the computer lab.
  • The Olds College Brewery will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays noon - 6 p.m. 

Students or staff who require IT assistance can call 403.507.7777, email ITsupport@oldscollege.ca or fill out the Support Form for account or password issues. 

Students can access the Office of the Registrar by calling 403.556.8281 or email info@oldscollege.ca

Students can access the following Health & Wellness services through email:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Olds College providing the Credit Received (CR) or a No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) choice to students?

This approach will help students who need their grades for certain programs and placements either now or in the future, while not penalizing those whose performance is affected by difficult circumstances.  We fully expect and trust our students to continue to apply themselves academically and act with integrity as they complete this Winter term.

What are some of the things I should consider when making my choice between a final grade or opting for a Credit Received (CR) or a No Credit Received - Fail (NCF)?

This is an important decision for students and one that should be considered carefully. There are circumstances where students will need their grades in order to pursue further studies, either now or in the future. There are also cases where students need their grades to write exams (ex: Apprenticeship) or where future employers may consider grades as part of their employment decision. It is highly recommended that if students have any questions about their decision, they reach out to their instructor or Associate Dean to discuss further.

When will I be able to decide on the choice to accept my final grade or opt for a CR/NCF?

Once students receive their final grades, which are expected to be released to students by May 4, they can exercise their choice: to accept their grade or choose CR/NCF, for each course.

What is the minimum grade I need to receive a Credit Received (CR)

A minimum of 50% is required to receive a CR.

Can I choose this option course by course?

Yes, you can choose to accept your grade in one course and choose CR/NCF in another.

How will this impact my GPA?

Courses with Credit Received or No Credit Received - Fail will not be included in GPA calculations. 

Will courses with a CR grade still count towards my certificate/diploma/applied degree requirements?

Yes, if you opt to accept a CR in a course, it will count towards your program requirements.

If I receive NCF in a course do I need to take it over?

Yes, just like a grade below 50%, NCF indicates you have not passed the class and you will be required to take it again.

How long will I have to decide if I want to accept my final grade or choose CR/NCF?

Students will have until May 15 to indicate their choice to the Registrar’s Office through an online submission process. A Final Grade Choice Form will be posted on the Student Forms Webpage by May 4, 2020.

If I want to accept all of the final grades as they stand, do I need to do anything?

No, if you do not notify the Registrar’s Office using the Final Grade Choice Form, your final grade will stand.

Does this option apply to any other term?

No, this applies only to the Winter 2020 term.  As well, this does not apply to courses that were completed prior to March 16, 2020.

What if despite this option, I still want to withdraw from my course(s)?

We realize that in spite of these accommodations, some students will simply not be in a position to complete their course work and may wish to withdraw from their course(s). Due to this unprecedented circumstance, we have extended the deadline to withdraw to April 17. While there will be no refund for withdrawals, we encourage students who are considering this option to first speak to their instructors or Associate Dean to seek solutions that might best support them.