Fei Tian College uses two grading scales: letter grade and pass/no pass.
The basic letter grades are “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F.” The College gives instructors the option to add a plus or minus to letter grades (except “F”), yielding grades such as “A+” and “C–.”
The pass/no pass grades are “P” and “NP.”
Table 10.3 details the letter grades, the pass/no pass grades, and the various other grading codes that may appear on a student’s transcript.
Table 10.3 Grading Codes
Lowest passing grade for graduate students
Lowest passing grade for undergraduate students
Pass. Passing grade in a P/NP course or in a course for which the student elected the P/NP option.
No pass. Failing grade in a P/NP course or in a course for which the student elected the P/NP option.
Absent from final examination. For unexcused absences.
Credit is awarded or requirement is met.
Failed incomplete. Assigned when the time to resolve an “I” grade expires.
Incomplete. Approved extension of time to complete course requirements.
Insufficient attendance. Includes stopping attending a course without withdrawing.
Course is in progress. No grade is assigned at this time.
Medical excuse. By petition to the department Chair. Grants a waiver of credit. Can be used in one semester only.
No grade reported. Decision pending.
Professional excuse. Performance courses only. By petition to the department Chair.
Pass/No Pass Option
The Pass/No Pass option was designed to encourage students to explore a new academic area or take a particularly challenging course without undue concern about their academic performance in the course.
By electing the Pass/No Pass option for a certain course, the student will be graded by the instructor as usual throughout the course, but the final grade that appears on the student’s transcript will be a “P” (Pass) if the instructor assigns a passing letter grade, or an “NP” (No Pass) if the instructor assigns a failing letter grade or an “IA” or “AFE” grade, or if the grade is “FIN.” All other grades, including “I,” “W,” and “PX,” are not converted and appear on the student’s transcript unchanged. Courses taken on a Pass/No Pass basis do not affect the GPA.
Students may earn a maximum of eight credits per degree with the Pass/No Pass option. Each use of the Pass/No Pass option must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Credits earned by taking a course on a Pass/No Pass basis do not fulfill any General Education, major core, or electives requirement.
The “I” grade (Incomplete) may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor when a student’s work in a course is of passing quality but is incomplete and the student formally requests an “I” grade by the last class session. In requesting an “I” grade, the student should discuss with the instructor the reason the work is incomplete and exactly what coursework remains to be completed.
The course instructor has discretion to grant or deny the request and to determine the conditions under which the incomplete grade is made up, including setting a deadline within a one-year timeframe. Under no circumstance should a student re-register for a class to complete an “I.” Registering for a course a second time invokes the “Course Repetition” rules.
An “I” is a temporary notation that must be changed to a permanent grade on the student’s transcript within a maximum of one year. To confirm the student’s completion of the assigned work and replace the “I” grade, the instructor must submit a Change of Grade Form to the Office of Admissions and Records. Otherwise, the student’s grade will automatically change to a “FIN” (Failed Incomplete).
In order to drop a course after the second week but before the thirteenth week of classes, the student must consult the academic advisor to request the withdrawal. The student must also submit a completed Add/Drop Form, including the signatures of the instructor and academic advisor, to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing. Dropping a course after the fourth week of classes results in a “W” (Withdrawal) grade. “W” grades do not factor into a student’s grade point average.
Once final grades have been posted by the Office of Admissions and Records, they will be changed only in exceptional circumstances and only with the approval of the instructor and the Chair of the department offering the course.
To request a grade change, instructors must submit a completed Change of Grade Form to the Chair of the department offering the course for consideration. If the request is granted, the instructor must forward the Change of Grade Form to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing.
Grade Point Average
A grade point average (GPA) summarizes a student’s academic performance.
A GPA is a weighted average. It is calculated as the total number of grade points earned divided by the total credit weight of courses attempted. For each grade, the number of grade points is the grade’s assigned grade points (see Table 10.3) multiplied by the course’s credit weight. This calculation excludes grades that do not affect GPA, such as those indicated as such in Table 10.3 and certain grades earned when repeating a course (see the Repeating a Course section).
Useful types of GPA include semester GPA (calculated from a student’s grades within a single semester), cumulative GPA (calculated from all of a student’s grades), and major GPA (calculated from all grades a student received in courses that his/her major requires).