Grading Scale and Grading System
In general, the grading scale in the table below serves as the basic numeric standard that faculty use in evaluating student performance. Grading systems may vary according to discipline and instructor preferences. Some grading practices recalculate “on the curve,” while others use only letter grades without assigning numeric values, and still other grading protocols may also exist. In all cases of variance from the standards below, the instructor will explain the grading system clearly on the course syllabus. When a standard numeric scale is used, the instructor will base grades on the standard below.
The academic standing of a student is determined by the quality and quantity of his or her work. A student’s grades are based on the level of achievement in class work and by mastery demonstrated on examinations and other projects. Midterm grades are advisory; the semester grades determine actual academic standing.
Students’ final grades are posted on WebXpress at the end of the session or semester. If needed, students may obtain an official grade report by contacting the Registrar’s Office.
The grading system for undergraduate students is provided below. (The grading system used for graduate students is described in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog.)