GRADING POLICIES

Each instructor establishes his or her own grading policy based on classroom participation, homework, unannounced quizzes, etc., and states it clearly and in writing at the beginning of the course. Sufficient measures are built into each course structure to evaluate student achievement.

Final examinations normally do not count as more than one third of any studentís final grade. Instructors may excuse any student with superior achievement (a grade higher than A-) from taking a final exam.

GRADES AND GRADE POINT SYSTEM

The grade point average (GPA) is a comprehensive evaluation of a studentís academic standing. The grades and terms used to describe achievement are reported at the end of each semester as: 

Grade
Description Quality Point Value
A  
Excellent
4.0
A- 
3.7
B+
3.3
B  
Good
3.0
B- 
2.7
C+
2.3
C  
Acceptable
2.0
C- 
1.7
D+
1.3
D  
Poor
1.0
D- 
0.7
F  
Fail
0.0
I   
Incomplete
*
P  
Pass
*
S   
Satisfactory
*
U   
Unsatisfactory
*
W  
Withdrew
*
AU 
Audit
*
X   
Proficiency in Progress
*
Z   
No Adequate Evaluation for Grading
0.0
*Not considered in computing QPA

University policy accepts D- as minimum earned credit. There are certain general education and department major competency requirements that are satisfied only by a higher minimum grade. If a student earns less than this higher minimum grade in such a course, the credits will count toward completion of university credits but might not count toward completion of general education and department major requirements.

The semester GPA is the number of grade points earned in a semester divided by the number of credits in that semester for which grades calculated in the GPA were earned. Grade points for each course are calculated by multiplying the grade point value by the number of credits for the course.

The cumulative GPA (CGPA) is the total number of grade points earned in Millersville courses divided by the number of Millersville GPA credits. Credits from audited courses, subsequently repeated courses, advanced standing programs such as CLEP, and transfer credits are not included in the CGPA.

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