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Grading System

Levels of the grading schedule are assigned as A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F. At all grade levels the quality of English is taken into consideration.

In a few courses, grades are assigned as H=Honors; P=Pass; F=Fail. No quality points are assigned to these courses.

Definition of Grades

A grade of A indicates that a student has grasped the subject matter of a course and has internalized the material by thinking about it and acting on it. It represents not only industry, thoroughness, and correctness of detail, but also originality, natural ability, and no small degree of insight.

B indicates that a student has intellectually fulfilled the requirements of a course, assimilating the subject matter with thoroughness and correctness and some understanding of its relationship to life, yet without distinctive ability and insight in acting on the subject in such a way as to own it.

C indicates average work, either steady work of an acceptable quality, or work of a high quality which is uneven, irregular, or fragmentary. This grade is given to work that may be mechanically or outwardly correct but which shows little reflection upon or assimilation of the material.

D indicates barely passing work, work that is inferior to the average both in quantity and in quality. It manifests either low potentiality, the lack of initiative and sense of responsibility, or both.

F indicates failure.

I is a temporary grade indicating that not all requirements for the course have been completed. Incomplete grades must become letter grades by the end of the first week of the next semester after they were received, unless additional time is extended by the Academic Guidance and Support Committee. (Exception: Incomplete grades for Semester II are due the end of the first week of the second session of summer.) Grades which are still Incomplete at the due time are recorded as Failure.

N indicates no credit and no quality points. It is assigned to allow extension of time for Independent Study and Directed Study courses or for research projects extending beyond one semester.

WP indicates that the student was doing passing work at the time of withdrawal from the course. This grade has no effect on the grade point average.

WF indicates that the student was doing failing work at the time of withdrawal from the course. This grade has the same effect on the grade point average as an F.

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