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Grading Policies

Professors will evaluate student performance for their classes, and assign a grade reflecting the performance.

Undergraduate Grading Table

Score Range Grade Grade Points Points Meaning
96-100% A 4.00 Excellent
90-95 A- 3.67
87-89 B+ 3.33
83-86 B 3.00 Good
80-82 B- 2.67
77-79 C+ 2.33
73-76 C 2.00 Average
70-72 C- 1.67
67-69 D+ 1.33
63-66 D 1.00 Below Average
60-62 D- 0.67 Minimum Pass
<60% F 0.00 Fail
I N/A Incomplete
P 0.00 Pass
AU N/A Audit
W N/A Withdrawal
WU 0.00 Unofficial Withdrawal

In order to graduate from a degree program or to receive a certificate in the certificate program, students must achieve a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

Graduate Grading Table

Score Range Grade Grade Points Points Meaning
96-100% A 4.00 Excellent
90-95 A- 3.67
87-89 B+ 3.33
83-86 B 3.00 Good
80-82 B- 2.67
77-79 C+ 22.33
73-76 C 2.00
70-72 C- 1.67 Minimum Pass
<70% F 0.00 Fail
I N/A Incomplete
P 0.00 Pass
AU N/A Audit
W N/A Withdrawal
WU 0.00 Unofficial Withdrawal

In order to graduate from a degree program or to receive an executive certificate in the Executive Certificate program, students must achieve a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Grading Rubrics

Faculty have the freedom to tailor the grading rubric to the specific needs of individual assignments.

Grading Rubric for an Essay-style Assignment


Item Weight Strong yes Med yes Weak yes Very weak Unacceptable
Are the student’s arguments clearly articulated? 4 3 2 1 0
Are the student’s arguments logically developed? 4 3 2 1 0
Does the student make a convincing case? 4 3 2 1 0
Is the student able to employ an original perspective on the issues? 4 3 2 1 0
Is the material being presented factually correct? 4 3 2 1 0
Is the writing quality good? 4 3 2 1 0
Is the material taken from another source, but being presented as the student’s work? 0 0 0 0 F grade or rework w/ penalty

Grading Rubric for Programming Assignments

Trait Exceptional Acceptable Amateur Unsatisfactory
Specifications The program works and meets all of the specifications. The program works and produces the correct results and displays them correctly. It also meets most of the other specifications. The program produces correct results but does not display them correctly. The program is producing incorrect results.
Readability The code is exceptionally well organized and very easy to follow. The code is fairly easy to read. The code is readable only by someone who knows what it is supposed to be doing. The code is poorly organized and very difficult to read.
Reusability The code could be reused as a whole or each routine could be reused. Most of the code could be reused in other programs. Some parts of the code could be reused in other programs. The code is not organized for reusability.
Documentation The documentation is well written and clearly explains what the code is accomplishing and how. The documentation consists of embedded comment and some simple header documentation that is somewhat useful in understanding the code. The documentation is simply comments embedded in the code with some simple header comments separating routines. The documentation is simply comments embedded in the code and does not help the reader understand the code.
Efficiency The code is extremely efficient without sacrificing readability and understanding. The code is fairly efficient without sacrificing readability and understanding. The code is brute force and unnecessarily long. The code is huge and appears to be patched together.

Grading Rubric for Problem Solving Assignments

4 3 2 1
Strategy/Procedures Uses an efficient and effective strategy to solve the problem. Uses an effective strategy to solve the problem. Uses a strategy to solve the problem but it is not effective. Does not use a strategy to solve the problem.
Explanation Explanation is detailed and clear. Explanation is clear. Explanation is a little difficult to understand, but includes critical components. Explanation is difficult to understand and is missing several components OR was not included.
Mathematical Concepts Shows complete understanding of the mathematical concepts used to solve the problem. Shows substantial understanding of the mathematical concepts used to solve the problem. Shows some understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to solve the problem. Shows very limited understanding of the underlying concepts needed to solve the problem OR is not written.
Mathematical Terminology and Symbols Advanced, correct terminology and symbols are used, making it very easy to understand what was done. Correct terminology and symbols are used, making it easy to understand what was done. Correct terminology and symbols are used, but it is sometimes not easy to understand what was done. There is little use, or a lot of inappropriate use, of terminology and symbols.
Neatness and Organization The work is presented in a neat, detailed, organized fashion that is easy to read. The work is presented in a neat and organized fashion that is easy to read. The work is presented in an organized fashion but may be hard to read. The work appears sloppy and unorganized. It is hard to know what information goes together.


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