Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
NPS uses the term Quality Point Rating (QPR) in place of GPA. The three QPRs at NPS are:
1. TQPR: Total Quality Point Rating. The Total QPR represents all graded NPS courses. Excludes Pass/Fail, Refresher and Nuclear Power School courses.
2. GQPR: Graduate Quality Point Rating. Courses numbered 3000 and above. A Graduate QPR of 3.0 or higher is required to graduate with a master's degree or Academic Certificate.
3. CQPR: Curriculum Quality Point Rating. Courses associated to a designated curriculum (or major). A Curriculum QPR of 2.75 or higher is required to graduate with a master's degree or Academic Certificate.
Students whose grades fall below a GQPR of 3.0 or CQPR of 2.75 will be placed on academic probation.
All alumni who have graduated after 1986 can request to have a transcript sent to a military installation or government agency through our online service at Parchment.com. Turnaround time is 5 business days. (Please note: by selecting this option, you will be leaving the NPS website)
Alumni who graduated prior to 1987 must submit a request via email. Instructions.
Legal name changes in Python are processed by the Technology Assistance Center. TAC can be reached via email (TAC@nps.edu) or by phone (831) 656-1046. Name change requests must include at least one of the verification documents listed below.
• Government Issued ID (driver license, state ID card, valid passport)
• Marriage Certificate
• Court Order (must show change to new name)
• Divorce Decree (must show change to new name)
• Documentation of Common Law Marriage/Civil Union
Note: Legal name changes in Python are only processed for current students, staff, and faculty.
Student SOF FAQs
Contact the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) and they can assist with username issues and resetting passwords. Inquire by phone (831) 656-1046 or via e-mail TAC@nps.edu. After the password has been reset, SOFs can be completed via Python.
1. Log into Python.
2. Under Student Folio tab, click My Matrix tab.
3. Next to the correct academic year/quarter, you'll see the course numbers and SOF buttons. If one or more of your courses show an ABC button, then either an SOF is not required or your instructor has not yet submitted a grade.
4. Click on each active Late SOF button and enter in responses as necessary.
5. Once all SOFs have been completed and instructors have entered their grades into Python, your NPS Transcript will be available for review.
Every quarter, the SOF submittal period coincides with opening of the grade window on Monday, Week 11 and ends on Sunday, Week 12 (after graduation).
1. Courses with less than 5 students do not require SOFs.
2. If Python lists the Class Type as Seminar, Directed Study, or Thesis/Dissertation, then no SOF is required.
3. If the SOF requirement for a course needs to be changed permanently (required or not required), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty SOF FAQs
SOF results are viewable once the grading window has closed and grades have been entered into Python for ALL students enrolled. To view SOFs: (a) Log in to Python. (b) Click on “Faculty Folio” then click “Teach Load”. (c) Click on the details button next to the correct AY, Qtr, and course. (d) The “Course Information” page will appear. Click on the “SOF Results” button. The “Student Opinion Forms Results” page appears.
After the grading window has expired, students’ written comments are only available for 90 days. Comments can be viewed only by the instructor and the instructor may delete a comment at any time. Comments are saved inside the Python database for one quarter and then deleted (requested by the Faculty Council).
The course may have been set to not require SOFs. Another possible reason is the grading deadline has not closed yet or you have not entered grades for ALL students enrolled. If more time is required to assign a grade for an individual student, enter an “I” grade. If SOFs were set to be required for the course and all students have been graded, then SOF results can be viewed. If you still cannot view your SOF results, contact email@example.com for assistance.
Students can view their grades only after they’ve submitted an SOF via Python and after the instructor has entered grades into Python.