Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in all graduate courses taken with graded option.
Quality and amount of work
Engagement with course expectations and concepts
Progress and self-challenge
Typical Grade Distributions
A+ = Truly exceptional work, unusually sophisticated level of engagement with course concepts, insightful participation in class discussions, extraordinary growth. Highest distinction, typically very few if any students receive this grade.
A = Distinctive work, complete success in synthesis of thinking and making, thoughtful and perceptive contributions to discussions, significant personal progress. Typically no more than a quarter of the students in a class receive this grade, more in upper-‐division classes.
B = Successful and well-‐executed work, competency with all course materials, concepts, and objectives, frequent and thoughtful participation, evidence of progress. Typically this is the most common grade.
C = Competent work with most assignments and class work completed, satisfactory grasp of material, participates in discussions most times, made some growth. Typically this grade indicates weak performance in at least one area of expectation.
D = Subpar work with significant lack of completion and/or low attendance, course concepts poorly understood, minimal participation, minimal to no growth. Typically this grade indicates significant problems in more than one area of performance.
F = Problematic on all fronts, indicating either no real grasp of the material, significant lack of effort and/or growth, or unacceptably negative forms of engagement with the course materials and the classroom community. Typically very few students receive this grade.
NOTE: In upper-‐division courses, expectations include attention to the critical discourse surrounding the work or issue at hand, with the expectation that the work be clearly placed in a critical dialogue with outside sources.