GRADING AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

Instructors determine students’ scholastic standing in their courses based on assignments, tests, examinations, class attendance, participation, and other criteria established in course syllabi. Letter grades are awarded by instructors according to a 4.0 scale, outlined as follows:

LETTER GRADE

DESCRIPTION

QUALITY POINTS

A

EXCELLENT

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

B

GOOD

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

C

AVERAGE

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

D

POOR

1.0

F

FAILURE

0.0

W

WITHDRAW

Does not affect GPA but will permanently appear on the transcript

P

PASSING

Does not affect GPA

CR/NC

CREDIT or NO CREDIT

Does not affect GPA

I

INCOMPLETE

Does not affect GPA/Not a permanent notation (see course incomplete policy)

NG

NO GRADE

Does not affect GPA/Not a permanent notation (see policy below)

AU

AUDIT

Does not affect GPA; will not earn credit or grade for course

Note: Grades for graduate courses are generally A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or F. For more on this policy and its exceptions, see the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

The GPA is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of GPA credit hours. The GPA is calculated to two decimal points without rounding.

NO GRADE (NG) NOTATION

The No Grade (NG) notation is reserved for specific occasions when a final grade is not received from the instructor of a course by the grade deadline at the end of a term.  This is not a permanent notation.  An NG notation will convert to an F grade if it is not resolved within three weeks of the end of term.