Historically there have not been plus/minus grades in use for undergraduate or graduate student course grading. In other words, the standard letter grading system of A, B, C, D, and F has not included grades such as B+ or C− as options for instructors to use in those courses.
In response to the concern that the current grading system fails to provide enough distinguishing performance feedback within the range of a single letter grade, it was decided that the University move to a plus/minus grading system for undergraduate and graduate student course grading.
Implementation of this revised grading system became effective for the Summer 2017 term (including the Summer Intersession). The revised system includes the following grades (with their associated grade points per credit hour) that may be used on undergraduate and graduate students in standard letter-graded courses:
Grade Points Per Credit Hour
|B −||Good.||Conditional, not fully satisfactory.||2.667|
|C +||Satisfactory.||Conditional, not fully satisfactory.||2.333|
|C||Satisfactory.||Conditional, not fully satisfactory.||2.000|
|C −||Satisfactory.||Conditional, not fully satisfactory.||1.667|
|D +||Poor.||Poor, not satisfactory.||1.333|
|D||Poor.||Poor, not satisfactory.||1.000|
Questions About Plus/Minus Grades:
- 1. When is the use of plus/minus grades being allowed?
- 2. How are transfer courses being impacted?
- 3. What does the student's transcript look like?
- 4. How are grade-related conditions affected by plus/minus grades?
- 5. How is scholastic standing affected by plus/minus grades?
- 6. What scale should instructors use with plus/minus grades?
- 7. Are the above grades the only ones that instructors can use?