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Grades and Grading

The grading scale of the University is as shown below. Grades are given in letters, not in numbers or percentages. Please note there is no A+ or C-.

A 93 > B- 80-82 D 63-66
A- 90-92 C+ 77-79 D- 60-62
B+ 87-89 C 70-76 F < 60
B 83-86 D+ 67-69

The definitions of grades are as follows:

A and A- indicates a superior grasp of the subject matter of the course, initiative and originality in attacking problems, and ability to relate knowledge to new situations.

B+, B, and B- indicates better than average grasp of the subject matter of the course and ability to apply principles with intelligence.

C+ and C indicates an acceptable grasp of the essentials of the course.

D+, D, and D- indicates less than average performance in the course. If the course is a major requirement it must be repeated.

F indicates failure to master the minimum essentials of the course. The course must be repeated.

IP indicates that the student's achievement in the course has been satisfactory, but for some good reason certain prescribed work is incomplete or the student has been unable to take the final examination. On satisfactory completion of the course, the student will receive the grade that the quality of his or her performance merits. If the work is not made up in six months, the IP will revert to a grade of F.

It is the policy of the SPS to discourage assigning IP as a grade for a course. An IP grade is given to students who are making satisfactory progress in the course, but for some reason they are not able to complete the course on time. Most IPs given is for reasons usually related to medical or family emergencies.

The student must initiate the request for an IP by completing the appropriate form and then speaking to the instructor. The form needs to be completed in its entirety, signed by both the instructor and the student, and returned to the director or the student's advisor. IPs will not be considered or issued before the start of the 7th week of the term.

Important notes on IPs:
If an IP is granted a student may be removed from the following term's courses if the IP is issued for a prerequisite course.

Students may not have more than two outstanding IPs to enroll for upcoming courses.

The instructor determines how long the student may take to complete the IP. The maximum time is 6 months before the grade will revert to a grade of "F". It is strongly suggested to all instructors by the dean the time to complete a course should be limited to not more than 3 or 4 weeks. There are no short breaks between ADCaP terms. Issuing an IP places a burden on the student and instructor because they not only must complete the classwork to satisfy the IP, they have also begun the following term's classes.

Final Grades

Faculty are required to enter final grades on or before the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on the Monday following the final day of the term. The grades are rolled into history making them available to view via Bannerweb. Students needing their final grade before this time are to contact their instructor - not the SPS offices. The SPS offices do not have this information.

Honors Points

To calculate the grade point average, points are assigned to semester hour grades as follows:

A 4.0 B- 2.7 D 1.0
A- 3.7 C+ 2.3 D- 0.7
B+ 3.3 C 2.0 F 0.0
B 3.0 D+ 1.3

The grade point average is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours attempted. The cumulative grade point average used is based on the total grade points earned at the University of the Incarnate Word and any other college level courses taken at other schools.

A "C" average (2.0) is required for graduation (Some degrees require higher averages). To be listed as a candidate for a degree, the student must meet the requirement by the end of the first semester of the senior year.


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