POLICY NAME: GRADING SYSTEM
POLICY CATEGORY: POLICIES AND PROCEDURES – GRADUATE STUDENTS
Letter grades are issued to students at the completion of each semester/term. Grades are based on the quality of work as shown by written tests, term papers, presentations and projects as indicated in the course syllabus. The following scale is used in the evaluation of academic performance and grading in all graduate programs. Earned quality points are calculated for each course by multiplying the quality point value for the grade received for the course by the credit –hour value of the course. For example, a threecredit course with a grade of B would earn nine quality points [credit value of course (3) times quality point value of B (3)]. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated by dividing the total earned quality points by the corresponding number of attempted credits.
*During the COVID-19 pandemic, including Spring, Sum I & Sum II 2020 terms, the grades P(Pass) & NP (NoPass) were issued
A | Excellent
||Thesis, In Progress
This grade is awarded for outstanding academic performance and the demonstration of exceptional mastery of the subject matter of the course.
B | Good
This grade signifies average academic achievement as evidenced by work that exceeds the minimum expectations for passing the course.
C | Minimally Acceptable
This grade designates academic achievement at the minimum level required for passing the course.
* A + or – following a grade indicates somewhat higher or lower performance than that reflected by the definition provided.
F | Failure
This grade indicates failure to meet the minimum requirements for satisfactory completion of the course. It carries no quality points, and the course must be repeated and passed before credit is granted.
I | Incomplete
This grade is issued in rare cases for extenuating non-academic circumstances that prevent the student from completing all course requirements on time. A grade of “I” requires the approval of the Program Director. The incomplete coursework must be completed by the end of the subsequent term; otherwise, the Incomplete will be changed automatically to a grade of F.
AU | Audit
No credit is given for audit (AU) classes, nor is the grade included in the student’s academic average. Students must receive written approval from the Program Director to audit a class, or classes, prior to the
first day of the semester. Instructor approval may be required for some courses.
W | Withdrawal
Students who withdraw officially from graduate courses (using the designated withdrawal form) before the final examination will receive a grade of W. Credits for the course in which the grade of W was awarded are considered attempted credits, but are not included in the CGPA calculation. A grade of W may not be awarded after the final examination in the course.
IP | In Progress
This symbol is used in lieu of a grade when a thesis is still in progress. It is assigned at the end of the first term of registration for the thesis, and in subsequent terms within the time limit for completion, until the thesis is completed, submitted, evaluated and a final grade (P or F) is assigned. No credits are awarded for a thesis while it is in progress.
P | Pass
This grade is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the thesis. Thesis credits are considered attempted credits once a grade of P or F is issued, but are not included in the CGPA calculation.