Message From the
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Greetings Tiger Family,

As our President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., shared with you in his last correspondence, the past several weeks have indeed been a whirlwind of emotions, adjustments, and acclimation to this temporary, but new normal. As such, due to the movement to an online instructional delivery platform, and the modification of the ways in which we are learning through such an environment, the College has decided to allow students the ability to choose a Flexible Grading Option for end of the semester grades. This flexible grading option is temporary and applicable only for the spring and summer 2020 semesters. Students will have an opportunity to choose the traditional grading scale of A, B, C, D, F; or, opt for a Pass (P), Pass Satisfactorily (PS), Fail (F) grading scale in each of their courses. Please see the attached document from the Registrar’s Office for specific details, procedures, and appropriate contact information.

As an institution, we want to keep you, our campus community, well-informed as new information requires EWC to adapt in different ways during this ever-changing situation.  As such, this unprecedented event has created an opportunity for alternative ways of thinking about assessment and course outcome completion. We ask that you, Tiger Family, remain patient with us in these uncharted waters as we navigate through this time of challenge and growth.


Stay safe, stay encouraged, and stay Tiger Strong!

Yours for Edward Waters College,

Donna H. Oliver, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs    

Documents & Additional Information

Flexible Grade Option – Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Flexible Grade Option?

    Flexible Grade Option is an alternative grading option that has been implemented due to onset of COVID-19 for spring –summer 2020 semesters. It will allow students to receive a letter grade of Passing (P) for grades of “A, B, C” and Pass Satisfactory (PS) for grade of “D” or F for failure but it will not be factored into the GPA.

  • Do I have to select the Flexible Grade Option?

    Students are not required to select the Flexible Grade Option.

  • Can a graduating Senior Choose the Flexible Grade Option?

    Yes, however, the student must still meet the GPA requirements for graduation of at least 120 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. The student must be advised that the Pass or Fail option may impact meeting graduate school or professional certification program admission requirements.

  • What happens if I do not make a choice?

    Students that do not select the Flexible Grade Option, will remain under the traditional grading scale (A, B, C, D, and F).

  • What is the process to opt into Flexible Grade Option?

    To be considered for Flexible Grade Option, student must meet with their advisor to discuss the Flexible Grade Option and then complete (Flexible Grade Option) form available through TigerNet.

  • If the course selected for Flexible Grade Option is a pre-requisite for another course, what happens?

    The student must make a P-pass grade in the course. If the student makes a PS grade which is equivalent to a grade of D, the student will have to repeat the course until they successfully make a C or better in the course.

  • What impact does the Flexible Grade Option have on a student’s Financial Aid?

    The financial aid awards and disbursements were based on the number of hours enrolled.  The Pass/Fail option will not impact the awards for spring 2020.

  • How will the Pass (P) and Pass Satisfactory (PS) have on a student’s GPA and SAP?

    The grade of Pass will not impact Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) but the “D” and “F” grades could result in a student not meeting the SAP requirements.  As with all the other terms, the student has the option to appeal with the Office of Financial Aid

  • How does the grade of “D” and “F” impact a student’s Financial Aid Status?

    State of Florida Programs, EASE and FSAG, require that the student earn 24 hours with a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Therefore, the grades of “D” and “F” could impact the student’s eligibility to receive those programs in 2020-2021 year.  The Pass grade along with the “D” and “F” grades could impact the renewal of the Bright Futures award.  The Bright Future requirements for the Florida Academic Scholarship is a 3.0 and the Florida Medallion is 2.75 and both require 24 hours earned.  We currently have not been given any guidance from the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance concerning any adjustments being made for Pass/Fail grades. Depending on the situation, the state also allows an appeal process.

  • Can the Flexible Grade Option be changed at a later time back to the normal standard grade scale?

    Once the Flexible Grade Option has been applied to a student record it cannot be changed.

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