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Last updated May 28 | 1:49 pm

ALL CLASSES WILL BE ONLINE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING SEMESTER & SUMMER SESSION I

Professors will be contacting students on how to access their coursework for classes. Students, please be checking your TTU email often for updates and information.

Outreach During the Pandemic

WCOE Collaborative Outreach Efforts

Outcomes | View Distribution Map and Number of Materials Delivered

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Distributions of Materials are described in the following table and are current as of April 21, 2020

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Resources

General

Students

Faculty & Staff

Student Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen to my Labs?

  • There are a variety of ways that labs will be handled, though most will include a synchronous/asynchronous video demonstration. Some of the WCOE Departments have been video recording lab experiments using graduate student. This may not have the same effect as a hands-on experience; however, we believe it will convey the necessary information. Also, some departments are developing virtual labs that will mimic the hands-on lab. These were to be used as trainers (like pilot flight trainers) prior to going into a lab, yet, they can be repurposed for situation like this.

How will this affect ABET accreditation of my program?

  • This will not impact ABET accreditation per the ABET guidance at https://www.abet.org/accreditation/covid-19-update/
  • "ABET understands the need for programs to temporarily modify program delivery methods in order to safeguard their communities during the current health crisis caused by COVID-19. It is not necessary to report any short term (current or summer semester) changes to program delivery or content to us. Should the changes or modifications to the program become permanent, please refer to the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (Section I.F.1.b.(2)) to formally notify us of any changes during the period of accreditation."

How will I be advised?

  • The WCOE advisors have several methods for online advising:
  1. Email
  2. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  3. Skype for Business
  4. Strive.TTU.edu
  • Please contact your advisor via email if you have questions. During this time, we ask for your patience in waiting for a response.

I would like to drop a course because of the COVID-19 pandemic but I'm afraid it will count against my state drop limit. Who should I contact?

  • Students with questions about dropping or withdrawing because of the COVID-19 pandemic should discuss concerns with their academic advisors. Dropping a course and withdrawing from the university can carry significant financial and academic consequences.
  • Per state statute, Texas Tech has the authority to extend the deadline to drop a course. That deadline has been extended to May 1, and students who drop a course because of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic will not be penalized for doing so (i.e., the drop will not count against statutory student drop limits).
  • The deadline to withdraw from the university as a result of the pandemic has been extended to May 1. Students considering a withdrawal should first consult with their academic advisors and then consult with Student Business Services and Financial Aid. Following such consultations, students considering withdrawal should express that interest to their academic deans' offices.

Where do I find the most current information from the Texas Tech Administration?

Engineering Student CR/NC Request FAQs

CR = Credit         NC = No Credit

Is a grade of CR the same as a grade of Pass?

  • No. A grade of CR means that the student earned at C- or better on the course. A grade of Pass means that the student earned a D or better on the course.

Can graduate students request CR / NC?

  • Given the current circumstances, TTU has decided that you will have the option of declaring a CR (Credit)/NC (No Credit) grade for some, or all, of your courses this semester. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS DECISION ON YOUR PART, AND IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU VISIT WITH YOUR GRADUATE ADVISOR BEFORE TAKING THIS STEP. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A SERIES OF STATEMENTS THAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER PRIOR TO MAKING THIS DETERMINATION. THE GRADUATE ADVISOR WILL BE THE PERSON WHO WILL SUBMIT THIS REQUEST ON YOUR BEHALF.

    POINTS OF CONSIDERATION:
    THE DECISION TO CHANGE FROM A LETTER GRADE TO A CR/NC GRADE IS FINAL. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU DISCUSS ALL POSSIBLE RAMIFICATIONS WITH YOUR DEPARTMENTAL ADVISOR PRIOR TO MAKING THIS DECISION. AGAIN, ONCE YOU CHOOSE A CR/NC GRADE, THERE IS NO GOING BACK TO THE ORIGINAL LETTER GRADE.

    STUDENTS IN THEIR LAST SEMESTER OF THESIS OR DISSERTATION ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CR/NC. THEY MUST BE ASSIGNED A LETTER GRADE.

    A GRADE OF CR MAY NOT SATISFY REQUIREMENTS WHERE GRADES OF B OR BETTER ARE REQUIRED. YOU MUST WORK WITH YOUR GRADUATE ADVISOR TO DISCUSS THESE DETAILS.

    NO MORE THAN 25% OF THE GRADES CAN BY CR/NC FOR ANY GRADUATE DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE.

  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE: 
    https://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/coronavirus/docs/ttu_spring-2020-grading-graduate-school.pdf

Can grades of CR/NC be requested before final grades have posted?

  • No, grades of CR/NC can be requested only after final grades have posted.

Who do I submit my request for CR/NC to if my class is being taught in another college (eg. Math, Chemistry, Business, etc)?

  • Students in the College of Engineering should submit all requests to RequestCRNC.coe@ttu.edu regardless of what department/college is teaching the course.

Where do I find my CRN, Course Number, and Section Number?

  • You can find this information under the MyTech Tab in Raiderlink. Under the heading "Manage My Enrollment," you will have to expand the "Current Term" section by selecting the triangle next to it. Choose "Concise Student Schedule." On the next page, choose the correct semester. For Spring 2020 courses being taken through Texas Tech University in Lubbock, submit "Spring 2020 TTU." Once submitted, your schedule will come up. You are most interested in the first two columns of the schedule. The first column is the CRN, the second column is the course (prefix and 4 numbers), the last three numbers are the section.

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Does the student have to make this request by a certain date?

  • Yes. Graduating students must make the request no later than noon on Friday, May 15th. All other students must make the request no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, May 20th.

How does this work?

  • The student will make the request to the Dean's office for the course's department. Before noon on May 15th or 5 pm May 20th accordingly (see above), the Dean's office will provide guidance ( "Checklist for Undergraduate Engineering Students considering requesting grades of CR/NC" document) to all students about choosing to take a grade of CR/NC instead of a standard letter grade. This guidance can be in the form of a document that is emailed or a virtual meeting. A student who decides to choose a grade of CR/NC for an engineering course will make the request to the Engineering Dean's office through RequestCRNC.coe@ttu.edu. Once the Dean's office approves, the request will be entered through the Registrar's dashboard.

What if a student's grades are not submitted by the posted deadlines? Will a student have an extension to request permission to choose a CR/NC?

  • Yes, although we are relying on Deans, Associate Deans, and Chairs/Directors to get the message out to all Instructors of Record (IoRs) about timely grading. This is a term in which being late to submit final grades will create substantial delays for other offices on campus.

What if a student believes an error was made in calculating the original grade?

  • The student should contact the IoR immediately and explain their reasoning. If the student's concern is that they were treated arbitrarily or capriciously, they can file a grade appeal as usual. After the grade appeal process is concluded, the student will have the opportunity to choose to take a grade of CR/NC.

Can a student use a grade of CR or NC for a grade replacement?

  • A student can use a grade of CR to replace a previously earned grade of D or F. However, review the "Grade Replacement 2020 Scenarios" document specific to this question.

If I am currently on probation with the college of engineering, how will a CR/NC affect my standing?

  • Standing for students currently on probation will be determined as typical with the following addition:
    - If you declare credit/no credit for your classes, and, therefore, do not have a GPA for the semester, with a cumulative GPA less than 2.5, your status will be "continuing probation" with the college of engineering
  • Typical standing for students currently on probation that will continue as usual:
    - If you earn a GPA of 2.5 or greater for the semester, with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.5, your standing will be "continuing probation" with the college of engineering.
    - If you earn a GPA of less than 2.5 for the semester, with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.5, you will no longer qualify to remain in the college of engineering.
    - If you earn a GPA of 2.5 or greater for the semester, with a cumulative GPA of greater than 2.5, your standing will be "good standing" with the college of engineering.

Can students who already requested to take courses P/F rescind those requests and ask to return to standard letter grading? If so, by what date? Further, if students do rescind their requests, can they choose to take a CR/NC after their final (letter) grades post?

  • Yes. Students who want to rescind requests to have courses graded P/F must submit those requests to their Deans' offices no later than May 1. Students who return to standard letter grading will be able to choose to take a CR/NC after their final (letter) grades post.

Will a grade of CR indicate that the student has successfully completed the course even if the course normally requires a minimum grade of B?

  • Yes. For the Spring 2020 term only, a grade of CR will satisfy any more stringent grading requirements specific to an individual course. This decision reflects a particular set of unique and challenging circumstances that would not have affected students in previous terms. Student performance on courses in previous terms is not relevant to this particular decision.

How will undergraduate grades of CR/NC be handled by graduate or professional programs?

  • While our Graduate and Law Schools have parallel CR/NC policies for this term, we cannot guarantee that all institutions will accept and apply undergraduate grades of CR/NC. It is strongly recommended that a student considering graduate or professional school contact that institution to ask about how that institution will review applicants' grades for May 2020.

Will transcripts be permanently populated with an explanation of these accommodations in this semester?

  • The transcripts already include a notation on the back that explains with what grades CR and NC align. We do not plan to include any additional information on the transcripts. However, the Office of the Registrar is building a permanent webpage that will house information specific to special circumstances resulting in the assignment of non-standard grades.

How will academic standing be handled this term?

  • Academic standing will be calculated using standard processes. Because students will have the option to choose a grade of NC for courses in which they earn a D or an F, it is not expected that students' academic standing will be negatively affected. The Office of the Registrar has provided detailed guidance for academic advisors to use when conferring with students about grades of CR/NC and academic standing.

What if a student wants to revert to the originally assigned letter grade after choosing to take a CR or NC in a course?

  • That will not be possible. The choice to take CR/NC is final.

Will students choosing grades of CR or NC be eligible for Dean's or President's Lists?

  • Yes. This semester only, we will lift the requirement that students be enrolled in a minimum number of standard-graded SCH.

Will this CR/NC policy change the way Instructors of Record assign final grades?

  • No. IoRs will complete the final grading process as usual using their grading policies stated in their course syllabi.

Will students who receive a grade of Incomplete this semester have the option to change the eventually earned letter grade to CR/NC?

  • Yes. Much like students who file a grade appeal for a Spring 2020 course, students who take an Incomplete this term will have the opportunity to select a grade of CR/NC once the final grade has posted.

Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

Is there someone in the college that can help me figure out how to put my lectures online?

  • In the coming weeks we are all going to venture into the unknown of offering our courses online, something most of us have zero experience with. It is important that all of us strive to do as much as we can to figure out for ourselves what works for us. The process of offering courses and exams online is something that we must each decide how to do for ourselves so that we are comfortable with the process when it really matters. The University has setup a webpage with all of the accumulated information available here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/remote/.

What exam tools are available?

Where can I find facts about the SARS-COV2, COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus?

Notice of Cancellations 

The health and safety of all members of the Texas Tech University community and our alumni and friends are our primary concern at this time. 

  • All classes have been canceled March 23-27 and will resume online only on March 30.
  • Annual spring events on April 23-24, including the Dean's reception and Distinguished Engineer luncheon, have been canceled. We anticipate rescheduling these events for the fall.
  • All K-12 STEM Outreach events and activities hosted by the Whitacre College of Engineering have been canceled until further notice. This includes field trips, camps and clubs. Robotics competitions have been canceled for the remainder of the season.

 Message from the Dean


March 16, 2020 | Al Sacco Jr., Dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, gives the College's response to the COVID-19.