Grading Regulations

Grading Scale

Grade point averages are determined on a 10-point grading system. The grade point value of each letter grade is listed below:

Grade Grade Point Quality Points per Semester Hour
A+ 97-100 4.0
A 93-96 4.0
A- 90-92 3.8
B+ 87-89 3.5
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 63-66 1.0
D- 60-62 0.7
F Below 60 0.0

The 10-point grading system allows a student the possibility of graduating with a perfect 4.0 average. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0, however, will constitute the lowest passing average to graduate. A cumulative grade point average below 2.0 will be the basis for academic probation. Refer to the academic probation section of this catalog for additional information.

Course-Related Code Designations

Grade Description
I Incomplete; becomes an F if not removed within 30 days after the end of the semester
TR Transfer credit accepted from another institution
WP Withdrawal before 12 class hours; no penalty
WF Failure due to withdrawal after twelve class hours
FA Failure due to excessive absences
AU Audit completed
AW Withdrawal from an audited course; no penalty
AN Audit not completed; no penalty
AS Advanced standing granted in a required course; alternate prescribed elective course to be taken
P Pass
EX Exempt
CO Course completed

Failure of a Course

A required course in which a grade of F is received must be repeated until a passing grade is achieved. If a grade of F is received in an elective course, the course may be repeated, or another elective course may be attempted. In either event, the cumulative grade point average of a student must be maintained at the level of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the student to continue working toward graduation without restriction.

Student Writing Center/Power Up

All students must enroll in Power Up by the end of their first two semesters and complete all course requirements.

Student Writing Center assists students through a course entitled Power Up, which covers topics such as planning, organizing, writing, editing, and revising research papers. Each semester, Power Up is offered for eight weeks by a professor/writing coach online through Moodle. Students who feel that they need assistance in writing papers may voluntarily sign-up for the course by contacting the Registrar’s office at the beginning of the semester. 

Transcript Records of Grades

All grades are permanently recorded on the student’s academic transcript and become a part of his or her scholastic record. An unsatisfactory grade (D or F) in a course must remain on the transcript and is used in calculation of the student’s grade point average.

If a student repeats a course due to an unsatisfactory grade, the new grade is also recorded on the transcript. The last grade earned in the course is the grade used to calculate the student’s grade point average. Students cannot repeat a course to raise a grade of B or C.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are available to the student through SonisWeb. Grades are generally posted approximately three weeks after final examinations.

Quality Points

Quality points are recorded as follows:

Grade Quality Point
4.0 A+
4.0 A
3.8 A-
3.5 B+
3.0 B
2.7 B-
2.3 C+
2.0 C
1.7 C-
1.3 D+
1.0 D
0.7 D-
0.0 F

The total number of quality points earned in each course is recorded on the student’s transcript along with the record of the course grade and the student’s cumulative grade point average. The grade point average is calculated by adding the total number of quality points earned and dividing by the total number of academic hours attempted.