Students’ Scores will not be impacted by learning changes due to COVID-19 Restrictions
The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has implemented a new mechanism for calculating the Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of all students as they transition to online learning programs during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The new mechanism takes into account the students’ best interests and their educational and professional futures, and will ensure GPAs achieved in the fall semester are not negatively impacted by their spring semester performances, therefore enabling on-time graduation for final-year students.
The new mechanism, announced by HCT on April 8, 2020 in line with the directives of the Ministry of Education, reiterates that the reference point for a student’s CGPA and academic standing will be the value at the end of the fall semester, and the CGPA will not be negatively affected by the student’s performance in the spring semester. Furthermore, if a student fails a course, it will not be calculated in the CGPA.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, said the newly announced mechanism for calculating students’ CGPAs for the end of the current academic year is the result of an extensive review of the best international practices, given the current circumstances.
He added that HCT has sought to meet individual students’ needs, considering the technological challenges in this new online learning experience. Praising the cooperation of HCT students and their parents, and their fast adaptation to distance learning, Dr Al Shamsi said:
“Appreciating students’ substantial efforts in this current situation, students’ Cumulative GPAs will not be negatively affected by their performance in the spring semester. Rather, the reference point for a student’s CGPA and academic standing will be the value at the end of the fall semester,” Dr. Al Shamsi said.
He affirmed HCT’s commitment to enabling its students to achieve academic success this year and fulfill all their academic, advising and general requirements within the newly created Digital Campus system.
Dr. Al Shamsi noted that HCT’s decisions are primarily aimed at serving students’ interests, as they are key partners in the success of online learning. In view of the comprehensive changes in learning and assessment mechanisms, he urged students to commit to online attendance and completion of all their course requirements in order to succeed.
He pointed out that the new mechanism will help them achieve the highest CGPAs possible and maintain their academic standing, which will lead to employability and post-graduate studies. “Students’ on-time graduation is a top priority for HCT and all students will receive full support to achieve this goal,” Dr Al Shamsi said.
The new CGPA mechanism also provides for a range of rights for students, if he/she successfully completes a course with no absences and attends his or her final exams, including:
- If a student’s final course grade is higher than his/her CGPA at the end of the fall semester, he/she will earn the credit, which will be added to the CGPA
- If a student’s final course grade is lower than his/her CGPA at the end of the fall semester, he/she will earn the credit for the course, which will not be added to the CGPA
- If a student does not opt to take either of the above options, he/she can consult with the HCT Registrar within three days of receiving the grade.
Under the new mechanism, all CGPAs will be automatically calculated, and students may withdraw from courses without penalty until May 7, 2020.