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Grading System

2014-15 

To be eligible for graduation, the final grade-point average must be at least 2.00 (a) in all Augustana coursework applicable to the degree and (b) in all Augustana coursework applicable to the major or minor exclusive of supporting courses. To ascertain a grade-point average, the number of quality points earned is divided by the sum of credits attempted in which quality points may be earned.

Faculty may assign grades on the following scale. Quality points are given for each credit as follows:

A+, A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D 1.00
F, FA 0.00

Grades used by Augustana are:

A+, A, A- Excellent
B+, B, B-
Good
C+, C, C-
Fair
D
Poor
E
Conditional failure with privilege of re-examination for a grade of D provided that the examination is taken within the first 30 days of the following term. Without re-examination, a grade of F is recorded at the end of the 30 days.
F
Below passing; failure without privilege of re-examination. Course may be repeated for credit. Subsequent grade does not replace prior grade of F. Students may not retake failed Augustana courses at another college or university without prior approval of the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees. Courses retaken to fulfill general education requirements or requirements within a major or minor should be repeated at Augustana. Petitions to the committee must be supported by the student’s academic advisor, the chair of the student’s major or minor department, and, when necessary, those responsible for the degree requirement fulfilled by the course to be taken.
FA
Failure to Attend; given to a student who never attended any class meetings.
P Passing a Pass-No Credit course.
NC No credit where Pass-No Credit option was requested. See Pass-No Credit option, below. Course may be repeated for credit.
I Incomplete; passing, but with certain required work still unfinished, about which prior arrangement has been made. See Incomplete Grades, below.
IP In Progress; a temporary grade used to indicate work in progress for a course or project approved to extend for more than one term. This grade is not computed in the student's grade-point average. See In Progress Grades, below.
W Authorized withdrawal after the fifth week of classes.
X Audit (no credit)
NR Not Recommended, see Education.

Pass-No Credit Grading

Pass-No Credit is available to students with permission of the advisor within the following guidelines:

  1. A student may use the Pass-No Credit option to the point where it does not exceed 10 percent of the total credit hours completed or in progress. Courses which are mandatory Pass-No Credit will not be counted in the 10-percent figure.
  2. A student may elect to register for more than one Pass-No Credit course in a given term.
  3. Graduation requirements may not be taken Pass-No Credit, with the exception of one physical education activity course.
  4. Courses required for a major or minor may be taken Pass-No Credit only by permission of the appropriate department chair.
  5. Instructors will turn in letter grades for all students. In cases where students have elected the Pass-No Credit option, the grade will be converted for A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+ and C grades into P; and C-, D and F grades into NC. This rule will not apply to courses which are mandatory Pass-No Credit which will be graded by instructors as P or NC.
  6. Neither P nor NC grades will be used in computing Augustana grade-point averages. Students should be aware that Augustana cannot control the use made by other colleges and graduate and professional schools of Pass (P) and No Credit (NC) grades that appear on the transcripts of Augustana students.
  7. Students may exercise the Pass-No Credit option during the first four weeks of the term. The appropriate form is available in the Office of the Registrar.
  8. For the complete policy and deadlines, please see the current academic calendar and the Pass/No Credit registration agreement available in the Office of the Registrar.
  9. After the 40 percent deadline has passed, students may no longer elect to take a course P/NC nor reverse a status of a course for which a form was previously submitted.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade (I) may be given only for a valid reason and upon written agreement signed by both student and instructor. Students may not graduate with an I on their record.

The deadline for completion of all work is set by the instructor and can be no later than 30 calendar days following the date final grades are due. When the 30-day deadline falls during Christmas vacation, the deadline is the first day of classes following the Christmas recess. An extension beyond the 30-day period may be granted only by the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees with the approval of the instructor. This extension would normally be for at most an additional 30-day period, unless a longer period is granted by the committee because of some unusual circumstance such as serious illness.

Unless the student has petitioned the committee for such an extension, the instructor will assign a grade no later than one week following the 30-day period. If the Office of the Registrar does not receive a grade or a petition within 37 days from the date grades were due at the end of the term, a grade of F will be recorded for the incomplete.

Seniors who are candidates for graduation may not graduate with grades of "I" or "IP" on the record when that coursework is needed to complete degree requirements. Senior students needing to arrange for a grade of "I" or "IP" should plan to apply to graduate a during a future term. These students will be responsible for the fees associated with ordering a duplicate diploma.

In-Progress Grades

1. Students engaged in coursework that requires more than one term to complete may be given the temporary grade of IP. This use of the IP grade is subject to the following provisions:

a. The IP grade must be replaced by a final grade within two terms (excluding summer), but not later than the end of the term in which the student graduates. Extension of the two-term deadline must be approved by the instructor and the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees. Internship IP grades must be complete within 30 days of the end of the internship term.

b. The IP grade may be given only in courses for which prior approval has been granted by the Faculty Senate, and only with acceptable progress made toward the completion of the course.

c. Courses designed to meet the Senior Inquiry requirement may be assigned an IP grade at departmental and instructor discretion.

2. Students in LSFY 101 with writing deficiencies which, in the judgment of the instructor, prevent them from achieving C-level proficiency in writing despite their best efforts, may be given a grade of IP rather than a D or an F. This use of the IP grade is subject to the following provisions:

a. The IP grade is temporary. It must be replaced by a final grade within three terms (excluding summer), though an instructor may set a shorter deadline in some cases. The final grade must be C or F. If a final grade is not received within three terms (excluding summer), the Office of the Registrar will replace the IP grade with an F.

b. Students who receive an IP grade in LSFY 101 are required to attend the Reading/Writing Center regularly until their writing problems have been sufficiently remedied to bring their work up to C level. Students who fail to attend the Reading/ Writing Center will have the IP replaced by an F, and will need to re-enroll in LSFY 101.

c. Students with an outstanding IP grade in LSFY 101 may register for at most 10 credits, and may not participate in Augustana international study programs and internships.

* see notation above for candidates for graduation with grades of "IP."

Course Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a course at Augustana under any of the following circumstances:

1) the course listing in the Courses and Programs of Study section of the catalog is followed by the "+" symbol. [Example: 400 Independent Study (1+)], or

2) the final course grade was "F" (failure). Students may not retake failed Augustana courses at another college or university without prior approval of the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees.

3)  Where the earned passing grade is not sufficient to prove a required proficiency in order for the student to continue in the major, the student may petition the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees to repeat the course. All petitions must include signed statements of support from the department chair in the student's primary major and the academic advisor. Students who repeat a course where a passing grade was earned previously may not count the additional repeated credits toward graduation. (Students may only count earned credits, toward the total credits needed for graduation, for a course one time unless a course meets the guidelines set forth in item #1, above.)

Courses retaken to fulfill general education requirements or requirements within a major or minor should be repeated at Augustana. Petitions to the committee must be supported by the student's academic advisor, the chair of the student's major or minor department, and, when necessary, those responsible for the degree requirement fulfilled by the course to be taken. Subsequent grade does not replace prior grade; both the original grade and new grade factor into the grade-point average.

Approved by Faculty Senate 12-2-10

Augustana Sequenced Course Requirements

Augustana courses that are sequenced require successful completion of the previous course to continue in the sequence. Successful completion is defined by a minimum of a passing grade or in some cases a higher grade may be required, when noted in the course description. In particular, this applies to the first year foreign language courses. In some cases, students may start at an advanced or intermediate level based on one of the following:

  • Official placement test administered and recorded by the college
  • Transfer coursework (or dual enrollment credit) equivalent
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores that meet with college policy standards.

Once these credits have been applied to the student record, they may not be waived or removed. In addition, once a student enrolls in a course, successful completion is required (as designated on the course) to continue in the next course in the sequence.

The first year LFSY sequence is an exception to this policy. Students may continue in LSFY-102 and 103 with a failing grade, but must repeat courses until they have successfully completed all courses in the sequence to meet the graduation requirement.

Students who do not meet the minimum grade required to continue in the sequence should see the policy on repeating courses below.

AS&D/EPC November 2013

Preliminary Reporting of Unsatisfactory Grades [Midterm Grade Reports]

During the fifth week of the term, faculty are asked to report to the Office of the Registrar each student whose classroom performance is less than satisfactory. Students and advisors are informed of reported difficulties during the sixth week. These reports are not part of the permanent record and are used only for advising and academic counseling. Students should consult their own PUG report electronically and work with their advisor to find appropriate campus resources for assistance.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are made available electronically to students at the end of each term. Students who suspect an error in reporting a grade, or who have a question or complaint about a grade, should first contact the instructor. If it is necessary to carry the inquiry fur­ther, the department chair, the division chair, and then the Associate Dean of the College should be consulted. Grade appeals or reporting errors in grade must be made within two terms (excluding summer term) of the grade posting to the student’s record. This includes reporting clerical errors or requests for withdrawals. Request after two terms will not be considered.