A Excellence in integrating conceptual learning with practice situations. Consistently superior performance in dealing with conceptual material. Excellence in written expression and scholarship. Evidence of self-direction in learning with substantial reading activity in depth and breadth. Resourceful, intelligent participation in class discussion. Might include leadership in class projects.
A- Attributes would be similar to the above, but to a lesser degree. There might be somewhat more unevenness than in the “A” performance.
B+ Performance on attributes would be somewhat above “B” level, but less than “A-” level. One might find more unevenness and more gaps than in an “A-” student in an otherwise good level of functioning.
B Expectations for graduate level work acceptable in terms of self-direction, reading activity dealing with conceptual material, integration of conceptual-practice dimensions of learning, class participation, oral and written expression. Stress would be on acceptable performance.
B- Barely acceptable performance in attributes (described in “A” and “B” categories). Some area might be below expectation. The work has been done but there are a number of gaps and some superficiality in grasp of material.
C There is minimal grasp of concepts and minimal integration of conceptual and practice learning. Student might repeat some content areas on mechanical, rote basis but the student's understanding is unclear or questionable. The grade is "passing" but the student is considered marginal in important areas of learning. The gaps in learning are more extensive than in the case of a “B-” grade. The grade of “C” should serve to alert the student that his/her work is borderline and should improve. The course instructor must inform the student's faculty adviser of any “C” grades. The latter in turn should initiate a conference with the “C” student focused on the circumstances related to receiving such a borderline grade.
F Work is unsatisfactory in most of the attributes considered and does not warrant receiving credit for the course. A student receiving an “F” grossly misunderstands course content and/or is deficient in its mastery. Failure to submit assignments or other required materials is clearly unacceptable. Non-matriculating students who receive an “F” grade are not eligible for future registration.
N No grade or credit given. N is assigned only when the student never attended the course.
I Course work is incomplete at the time when grades are entered. The requirements and procedures for assigning this grade are explained by the Policy on Late Assignments and Incomplete Grades below.
NR There is no record of a grade. If the course instructor fails to enter a grade within 60 days of the date when grades are due, an NR will be automatically entered in place of a grade. The course instructor can change an NR to a grade using the standard grade change process. Courses with an NR do not count toward earned credit or factor into the GPA. However, they do count as credits attempted, which impacts academic progress evaluations used for financial aid eligibility. Students with an NR on their record may not graduate without a formal documented exception approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.