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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a multi-campus institution offering hands-on, technology-based education and applied research in Applied Sciences and Technologies, Business, Health Sciences, and Skilled Trades. As of July 2009, the Fairview, Peace River, High Level and Grande Prairie campuses are no longer part of NAIT.

Accreditation

NAIT is a fully accredited post-secondary institute operating under the auspices of the Post-Secondary Learning Act, Government of Alberta, Advanced Education.

Academic Terms

The length of the various terms, including examination periods, are dependent upon the program of studies. Not all programs correspond exactly to term dates. Refer to NAIT’s program pages for exact dates of program commencement and termination. NAIT’s academic year runs from July 1st to June 30th.

  • Fall Term: Late August or early September to December – 15, 16 or 17 weeks
  • Winter Term: January to April or early May – 15, 16 or 17 weeks
  • Spring/Summer Term: May to August – 16 weeks

Notes

Implemented Academic Standing on July 1st, 2017.

Implemented H/P/F grading system in Winter 2020 due to COVID-19.  Students enrolled in programs utilizing H/P/F were not permitted to opt-in or out of the grading system.

Exceptions to H/P/F grading system: Academic Upgrading courses, courses completed prior to March 20, 2020; and programs with licensing and accreditation requirements.

Student Evaluation

Effective starting July 1st, 2020 - present

Alpha Grading System

Percentage

Letter

Grade Point

Descriptor

90-100

A+

4.0

Outstanding

83-89

A

4.0

Excellent

80-82

A-

3.7

77-79

B+

3.3

Good

73-76

B

3.0

70-72

B-

2.7

67-69

C+

2.3

Satisfactory

63-66

C

2.0

60-62

C-

1.7

55-59

D+

1.3

 

50-54

D

1.0

Official Pass Mark*

0-49

F

0.0

Fail. No credit earned

0

WF

0.0

Withdrawn Fail.
Student withdrew from the course after the prescribed deadline. No credit earned.

*Unless a higher pass mark has been approved for the program.

H/P/F Grading System

Courses with H/P/F grading system are not included in the calculation of GPA.

H

Honours: course expectations have been exceeded.

P

Pass: course expectations have been met.

F

Fail: course expectations have not been met.

Codes Not Included in GPA calculation

AU

Course was audited. No credit earned.

CR

Advanced credit awarded.

CTN

Continued. Part A completed for courses with two parts (A+B). Final grades and credits will be recorded on part B.

EXC

Student participates in Education Abroad and is enrolled in EXCH2000.

DEF

Student has been approved extended time to complete a deferred exam.

IN

Incomplete. Student has been granted extended time to complete outstanding coursework.

W

Withdrawn. Student officially withdrew from the course prior to the prescribed deadline. No credit earned.

Effective July 1st, 2013 – June 30, 2020

Alpha Grading System

Percentage

Letter

Grade Point

Descriptor

90-100

A+

4.0

Outstanding

83-89

A

4.0

Excellent

80-82

A-

3.7

77-79

B+

3.3

Good

73-76

B

3.0

70-72

B-

2.7

67-69

C+

2.3

Satisfactory

63-66

C

2.0

60-62

C-

1.7

55-59

D+

1.3

 

50-54

D

1.0

Marginal

0-49

F

0.0

Fail. No credit earned

0

WF

0.0

Withdrawn Failure

H/P/F Grading System

Courses with H/P/F grading system are not included in the calculation of GPA.

H

Honours: course expectations have been exceeded.

P

Pass: course expectations have been met.

F

Fail: course expectations have not been met.

Codes Not Included in GPA calculation

AU

Course was audited. No credit earned.

CR

Advanced credit awarded.

CTN

Continued. Part A completed for courses with two parts (A+B). Final grades and credits will be recorded on part B.

EXC

Student participates in Education Abroad and is enrolled in EXCH2000.

IN

Incomplete. Student has been granted extended time to complete outstanding coursework.

W

Withdrawn. Student officially withdrew from the course prior to the prescribed deadline. No credit earned.

IP

In Progress. Student has been granted extended time to complete work integrated learning experience.

Effective July 1st, 2008 – June 30, 2013 for all campuses

Alpha Grading System

Letter

Grade Point

Descriptor

A+

4.0

Excellent

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

Good

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

Satisfactory

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

Marginal

D

1.0

F

0.0

Fail

WF

0.0

Withdraw failure. Student withdrew after the W period but prior to the final examination.

Courses with a pass mark of D (50%) will use these scales. Courses with a pass mark higher than 50% will follow the above grading guides but the meaning of the letter grade and grade point will change. For example, if 60% is the pass mark and the student has a mark of 58%, then a grade of C- would be reported with 0 for credits obtained. The F designation will appear beside the letter grade.

Competency Based System

This system of evaluation is applicable to those programs that have developed and implemented a unitized competency-based curriculum.

H

Honours to indicate superior achievement

P

Pass to indicate fully satisfactory performance

IN

Incomplete to indicate that the student has not met competency standards or withdrew
from the course after completing half or more of the course hours.

Codes Not Included in GPA calculation

CR

Course credit awarded in accordance with advanced credit/transfer credit policy

W

Withdrew between the beginning of week three (3) and the end of week twelve (12)

AU

Course was audited. No credit is given.

IN

Incomplete

Effective July 1st, 2004 – June 30, 2008 for all campuses

Alpha Grading System

Letter

Grade Point

Descriptor

A+

4.0

Excellent

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

Good

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

Satisfactory

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

Marginal

D

1.0

F

0.0

Fail

WF

0.0

Withdraw failure. Student withdrew after the W period but prior to the final examination.

Courses with a pass mark of D (50%) will use these scales. Courses with a pass mark higher than 50% will follow the above grading guides but the meaning of the letter grade and grade point will change. For example, if 60% is the pass mark and the student has a mark of 58%, then a grade of C- would be reported with 0 for credits obtained. The F designation will
appear beside the letter grade.

Competency Based System

This system of evaluation is applicable to those programs that have developed and implemented a unitized competency-based curriculum.

H

Honours to indicate superior achievement

P

Pass to indicate fully satisfactory performance

IN

Incomplete to indicate that the student has not met competency standards or withdrew
from the course after completing half or more of the course hours.

Codes Not Included in GPA calculation

CR

Course credit awarded in accordance with advanced credit/transfer credit policy

W

Withdrew between the beginning of week three (3) and the end of week twelve (12)

AU

Course was audited. No credit is given.

IN

Incomplete

Effective July 1st, 2001 to June 30, 2004 for Fairview College

Alpha Grading System

Letter

Grade Point

Descriptor

A

4.0

Exceptional Achievement

A-

3.7

Excellent Achievement

B+

3.3

Commendable Achievement

B

3.0

Very Good Achievement

B-

2.7

Good Achievement

C+

2.3

Satisfactory Achievement

C

2.0

Acceptable Achievement

C-

1.7

Marginal Achievement

D+

1.3

Minimal Achievement

D

1.0

Insufficient Achievement

F

0.0

Failing Grade

WF

0.0

Withdrawal/Fail

Code Explanation

AC 

External credit recognition

AU 

Audit

EX

Experiential credit recognition

F*

Failure (not calculated in GPA)

IL  Internal credit recognition
IN Course requirement incomplete
OG  Ongoing (Satisfactory Progress)
P Pass
Withdraw
* Repeat of course
() Course credit not counted

Effective Prior to July 1st, 2004 for all campuses except Fairview

Marks of 49% or lower were recorded as failures on all programs with the following exceptions where marks of 59% or lower were considered failures:

  • Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technician
  • Court Reporting
  • Cytotechnology
  • Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic
  • Food Service and Nutrition Management
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Power Engineering Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy

Code Explanation

H  

Indicates superior achievement

Mark revision mark revised due to overall satisfactory, academic performance – not included in weighted average

Fail

CR 

Indicates course credit awarded in accordance with advance credit/transfer credit policy

Indicates withdrawal before half of the course hours were completed
WF Indicates withdrew, failing, after half of the course hours were completed
AU   Indicates the course was audited. No credit given
+ No credit toward Advanced Education approved Diploma or Certificate programs
AC   Accelerated Accounting course for SMA or CGA programs
WPM  Words per minute
Pass
IN  Indicates student has not met competency standards within the allotted time for the course

For programs using a numeric system of evaluation, the weighted average for each instructional term is calculated by multiplying course hours by course mark and dividing the sum of these by the total attempted hours of instruction.