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Grades and grading

Grading System
A student receives a grade for each registered course. Grades are indicated by letters and assigned quality points as shown below. Credit toward a degree program will be granted only for courses in which a grade of “C” or better is earned.

A student's performance in academic work is expressed by the following grades.

 Alphanumeric Grading System

+/-Letter Grade Grade Points 100-Point Scale Guide (Not Prescriptive)
A+ 4 Grade Points (98-100)
A 4 Grade Points (93-97.9)
A- 3.67 Grade Points (90-92.9)
B+ 3.33 Grade Points (87-89.9)
B 3 Grade Points (83-86.9)
B-  2.67 Grade Points (80-82.9)
C+ 2.33 Grade Points (77-79.9)  
C 2 Grade Points (70-76.9)
D 1 Grade Point (60-69.9)
F 0 Grade points (Below 60)

 

To receive credit for a course, a graduate student must earn a grade of at least C. Academic departments may require a higher grade for the course to be counted toward the student's degree.

To include a course in the Program of Study for a graduate degree, a graduate student must earn a grade of at least C. More information about the Program of Study is given in the graduate catalog.

One of the following symbols may be assigned instead of a grade. Courses in which these symbols are recorded are not included in the grade point average.

 

                                    Valid symbols used in grading

Symbol Explanation Effect on GPA
Au Audit Not used in computing GPA

G

Must Repeat Course Not used in computing GPA (Developmental Courses only)
I Incomplete Not used in computing GPA
IM Incomplete military Not used in computing GPA
P Pass Not used in computing GPA
CR Credit Not used in computing GPA (Advanced placement and CLEP credit only)

NR

No Grade Reported Not used in computing GPA (Office of the Registrar use only)
S Satisfactory Not used in computing GPA (Non-course based remediation only)
U Unsatisfactory Not used in computing GPA (Non-course based remediation only)
W Withdrawn Not used in computing GPA
WC Withdrawn due to casualty Not used in computing GPA
WM Withdrawn Military Not used in computing GPA
WS Withdrawn, excluded from Academic Progress Not used in computing GPA

 

To receive the symbol CR, a graduate student must earn a grade of at least C.

GPA Calculation
Grade points are computed by multiplying the points for each grade by the number of credit hours; for example, 4 (A) x 3 (hours) = 12 grade points. A student’s grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours for which a grade other than X, NC, or CR is received.

Academic Probation and Suspension
In order for a degree-seeking graduate masters level student to remain in good academic standing, the student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (3.0=B on a 4.0 scale). A student whose overall GPA falls below a 3.0 in a given semester is automatically placed on academic probation the following semester.

In order for a degree-seeking doctoral student to remain in good academic standing, the student must maintain a 3.25 grade-point average during the program.  A student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in 9 semester hours of credit attempted at this institution for graduate credit or for application toward the doctoral degree, regardless of the student's classification, whether or not in repeated courses, is ineligible for any advanced degree at this institution and will not be permitted to re-enroll for graduate study.  A student whose overall GPA falls below a 3.25 in a given semester is automatically placed on academic probation the following semester. 

Academic probation constitutes a warning of insufficient level of progress. Within the following nine semester credit hours, the overall GPA must return to 3.0 or above for a masters level student or 3.25 or above for a doctoral level student,  or the student will be suspended for a minimum of one semester. A student who receives a grade of F in any course is automatically dismissed from the graduate program.  A student who is dismissed may seek reinstatement through an appeal process. The readmission after suspension/dismissal form must be submitted when seeing reinstatement.  Readmission Form.

 

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