Grade Information

GRADE REPORTS

At the close of each semester, grade reports will be available online through Caldwell College’s Web System. Printed grade reports will only be generated and mailed upon request. Mid-semester grades for students with freshman status will be available on the web. Non-Freshman and Adult Undergraduate students whose mid-semester grades are below C will also be able to view their midterm grades on the web.

ACADEMIC STANDING

The scholastic standing of a student is determined by the quality of work in class and semester examinations. It is expressed in terms of the scholastic index also known as the Grade Point Average (GPA). The scholastic index is computed by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of semester hours graded. For example, a student who has earned 30 quality points for 15 semester hours has a scholastic index of 2.0.

Only course work taken at Caldwell College or in an approved affiliation program is included in the computation of the GPA. Quality points are the numerical values assigned to the various grades as shown in the table below. For example, the grade “A” translates into 4 quality points per semester hour. The cumulative index will determine the academic standing of a student at every point. A student is in good academic standing if the cumulative index is 1.8 at the end of the first semester and 2.0 at the end of every semester thereafter.

GRADE QUALITY POINT INTERPRETATION

Grade

Quality Points

A

4.0

Highest level of achievement.

A-

3.75

Exemplary achievement.

B+

3.5

Consistently superior achievement.

B

3.0

Very good.

B-

2.75

Good.

C+

2.5

Above average.

C

2.0

Satisfactory work. Minimum grade for major field.

D+

1.5

Unsatisfactory.

D

1.0

Poor performance. Minimum passing grade.

F

0.0

Failure.

FX

0.0

Failure due to a violation of the College’s Academic Integrity Policy.

IN

0.0

A temporary grade given at the discretion of the instructor and with permission of the Associate Dean of Continuing Education or Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, provided that the student has satisfactorily completed 80% of the course work. An incomplete grade not removed within four months of the last day of class automatically becomes an “F”. The date for completion within these four months will be determined by the instructor and stated on the form. Incompletes must be filed with the Registrar’s Office one week before the beginning of examination week.

W

 

Authorized Withdrawal. After the official calendar date, the student who withdraws from a course will receive either WP or WF.

WP

 

Withdrawal Passing. Indicates the instructor’s judgement that a student is achieving a satisfactory or passing grade at the time of withdrawal. It is given after the official calendar date for W. It carries no penalty but gives no credit.

WF

 

Withdrawal Failing. Indicates the instructor’s judgement that a student is failing at the time of withdrawal from a course. It is given after the official calendar date for W. Two WFs will be equivalent to one “F” for a dismissal decision.

AU

 

Audit. Based on permission of professor and availability of seating.

NG

 

No Grade. Issued when an instructor has not provided a grade in a course.

P/F

 

Pass/Fail. Students may elect to take a course for pass/fail under the following conditions:
a.They must have junior or senior class standing;
b. Courses taken for pass/fail cannot be courses counted in the major nor courses used to fulfill the Core requirements;
c. A maximum of two courses can be taken pass/fail and cannot be taken at the same time;
d. Students must declare officially with the Registrar’s Office before the end of the add/drop period, their intent to take a course pass/fail.

 

GRADE OF INCOMPLETE

A temporary grade given at the discretion of the instructor and with permission of the Associate Dean of Continuing Education or Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, provided that the student has satisfactorily completed 80% of the course work. An incomplete grade not removed within four months of the last day of class automatically becomes an “F”. The date for completion within these four months will be determined by the instructor and stated on the form. Incompletes must be filed with the Registrar’s Office one week before the beginning of examination week.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE COMPUTATION

Caldwell College uses a system of grade points employed by most four-year colleges and universities to give an overall appraisal of the student’s level of achievement. This system is based on a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) and is computed in the following manner: Semester GPA: multiply the quality point of each grade by the number of credits designated for that course and add the results. The sum is divided by the total number of credits graded during the semester. Cumulative GPA: use the same procedures as the semester GPA but include all courses graded at Caldwell College. Grades from courses transferred from another non-affiliated institution or by examination are not entered on the student’s transcript and should not be included in the student GPA calculations.

HOW TO COMPUTE A GPA*

*Caldwell College only uses grades in the GPA calculation with the classification of LT, IC or TG as denoted on the academic transcript or in the Web System.

Course

Credit

Grade  &     Quality Points  

Credits&Grades

QualityPoints

History

3

w

-

-

English

3

A(4)

3

12

Psychology

3

C(2)

3

6

Biology

4

D(1)

4

4

Basic Math

3NC*

C

3

6

Totals

16

 

13

28

*Developmental courses numbered 0-099 are not eligible towards degree earned credits.

Grade Point Average (GPA) = Quality Points / Credits Graded = 28 / 13 = 2.15

For additional assistance with GPA calculations, visit Back to College.com at http://www.back2college.com/gpa.htm (Please note this is not a Caldwell College web site and GPA calculations may differ as calculations may not be consistent with Caldwell College grading policies. This site should be used for information purposes only).


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