Current Students

Change Grade Basis

* * * IMPORTANT NOTE * * *

The option to change grading basis described below is no longer available. The Basis of Grading policy was temporarily suspended for Spring and Summer 2020 only. Starting Fall 2020, the policy is again in effect. 


This is only a tutorial. No login is required.

INTRODUCTION

This guide shows undergraduate students how to change the grading basis for one or more of their Summer 2020 courses, for a limited time, due to the current health situation. Until now, the two grading-basis options were:
  1. Letter grade (A-F) – Displays as “Graded” in your Class Schedule.
  2. Credit-No Credit (CR/NC) – Neither helps nor harms your GPA.
For Spring and Summer 2020, we are adding a third, “hybrid” grading-basis option called ABC/No Credit (NC). It works like this:
  • If you earn an A, B or C in the class, you’ll receive a letter grade.
  • However, if you earn a C minus (C-) or less, you will receive a grade of No Credit (NC) and may have to repeat the course at a later time.
  • If you select the hybrid option, you may see the abbreviations “ABC/NC” or “ANC” in your class schedule in myNorthridge Portal.
You may also change from a letter grade to a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading basis. 

Important Information For guidance and the implications of earning CR/NC grades, see Grading Basis FAQs. If unsure, consult your academic advisor.

Finally…

  • Changing the grading basis is your choice. You do not have to change it.
  • Some courses do not permit changing grading basis even now. You will not see an option to change these courses.
  • You may change grading basis for Summer 2020 courses until the following deadlines:
    • Summer Sessions 2 (first 6 weeks): July 1, 2020, 11:59 pm.
    • Summer Session 1 and 3: August 10, 2020, 11:59 pm

The steps are much like adding a class, but you’ll be editing a class.


Step 1

Go to the CSUN home page at www.csun.edu and:

  1. Select the myNorthridge Portal link.
  2. Log in with your CSUN User ID and Password.

 CSUN home page with myNorthridge Portal login


Step 2

Your myNorthridge Home page displays.

In the Quick Links pagelet (box), select the SOLAR Student Center.

Portal home tab, Quick Links box and SOLAR Student Center icon/link


Step 3

The SOLAR Student Center page displays along with your current schedule. 

Under the “Academics” section, select the Enroll in a Class link.

SOLAR Student Center landing page with Enroll in a Class link


Step 4

The Fee Payment Notice displays. 

Because you are not adding, dropping or swapping any Spring (or Summer) 2020 classes, move past this page by clicking the “I have read and understand the above statement” button.

Read it to enroll in Summer or Fall 2020 classes!

Statement of Financial Responsibility with acknowledgement button


Step 5

The Select Term page displays.

Select the Spring (or Summer) 2020 radio bullet from the list and click Continue

(To return to the Student Center, use the drop-down menu and click the “go” button.)

Radio bullets to select an active semester. How to return to Student Center.


Step 6

The Select Classes to Add page displays, including your Spring (or Summer) Semester 2020 Class Schedule. This student is enrolled in four classes.

  • If you know the class(es) for which you want to change grading basis and you understand the implications of doing so, select the Edit tab at the top of the page.
  • Please understand what CR and NC grades mean at Grade Option FAQs. If unsure, check with your academic advisor.

Your current schedule displays with links to each class.


Step 7

In the “Classes you are allowed to edit” box, the drop-down menu reveals only 3 of the 4 classes in this student’s schedule because changing the grading basis for his/her GE freshman writing class AAS 114B is not allowed.

  • Select the ANTH 150 class, for example, from the drop-down menu.
  • Click the Proceed to Step 2 of 3 button to continue.

"Edit" page with drop-down menu to select a class to edit


Step 8

The Select a class to edit – Enrollment Preferences page displays.

1. Note that the “Grading” field shows the current grading basis for ANTH 150, which is “Graded” (letter grades A-F).
2. In the “Grading” drop-down menu, select the option you want:
  • ABC/NC Grading
  • Credit/No Credit
  • Graded (The course was already graded.)
3. Click Next to continue. (Or, click Cancel to exit without changing the grading basis.)

Note the current grading basis of the class you selected. Then change it.


Step 9

The Edit Class Enrollment Options confirmation page displays.

  • This is your last chance to cancel your request with the Cancel button. (You can change it again until the May 1 deadline.)
  • To proceed with your change grading basis request, click the Finish Editing button.

Confirmation page summarizes your request for the class and lets you cancel.


Step 10

A routine pop-up window displays a fee payment reminder message as if you were adding, dropping or swapping classes and possibly incurring additional tuition or other fees. No fee is charged to edit grading basis.

Because you are only editing the class, click the OK button to close the window and proceed.

Fee payment pop-up window that you can ignore to change grading basis


Step 11

The view results page displays the status of your Edit Class Enrollment Options request to change the grading basis for ANTH 150. The green check mark shows Success!

Please ignore the red “X” error icon to the left of the 5-digit class section number 13001 for ANTH 150. This is just a quirk at this time. You will not be able to edit the grading basis for a class that does not permit it.

  • To change the grading basis of another class, select the Edit tab at the top and repeat Steps 8-11 of this guide. 
  • To verify the new grading basis in your schedule, select the My Class Schedule button.

The results page confirms the class has been updated. Check your schedule.


Step 12

The My Class Schedule page displays all your Spring (or Summer) 2020 classes.

  • The new ABC/No Credit grading basis displays for the ANTH 150 class.
  • To print a copy for your records, click the Printer Friendly Page button on the lower right.

Remember to log out of myNorthridge Portal. That’s it!

 "My Class Schedule" page shows the grade change update; printer friendly.