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Grades, Quality Points, and Grade Point Averages -- Undergraduate
Grades are earned for each course and are recorded on a student's permanent record. Grades are based on performance in relation to learning outcomes listed on each course syllabus. This policy details grading standards for undergraduate students.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
May 9, 2019
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Students are assigned a grade for each course registered for, completed, and/or withdrawn from after the Census Date for each enrolled term. A grade can be classified as either an appraisal of the quality of a student’s work or an explanation about why such an appraisal was not made.
II. Grading Systems
The College has four grading systems to appraise the quality of a student’s work in a course.
The credit for prior learning system assigns a grade of X to a course satisfactorily completed via credit by examination or military service. Grades of X earn credit. Grades of X are not used in computing grade point averages.
III. Grades Explaining Why Quality of Work Was Not Appraised
A grade of AU, AW, CW, I, MW, NG, or SW explains why the quality of a student’s work in a course was not appraised.
IV. Quality Points
Quality points for a course are determined by the numeric grade earned in the course multiplied by the number of credits for the course.
Fort Lewis College uses the four-point system to three decimal points to assign numeric grades:
Numeric grades are not assigned for the grades of AU, AW, CW, I, MW, NC, NG, P, S, SW, or X.
V. Grade Point Averages
Grade point averages summarize the quality of a student’s work at Fort Lewis College. Grades of courses accepted through the transfer process are not included in any grade point averages.
For following the policy: Students, faculty, and staff
For enforcement of the policy: Registrar
For oversight of the policy: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
For notification of policy: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing the policy: Registrar
Policy revised to eliminate In Progress (IP) grade as authorized by Course Scheduling Policy approved by the President upon recommendation of the President's Cabinet on August 17, 2016 and the Faculty Senate on April 27, 2016.
Formerly, there were three deadlines for CW grades: the Friday of the eighth week of the Fall semester, the Friday of the eighth week of the Spring semester, and the Friday of the eighth week of the Summer semester. However, due to the many different lengths that parts of term can have (anywhere from 3 weeks to 16 weeks), this approach is inconsistent and may be harmful to students. For example, it is possible that a course’s first day of class falls after the former CW deadline. This policy stays true to the spirit of the eighth week deadline while treating all parts of term equally, regardless of their length.
Policy statements on I and NG grades were revised to align with requirements of Instructor Authority and Responsibility to Assign Grades policy.
Minor GPA was extrapolated to Certificate GPA when this credential was established in the 2016-2017 catalog.
Policy revised December 12, 2017 at the request of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, to clarify the SW procedure, reflect major grade point average policy revisions effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, and add text so that changes to the major grade point average procedure are reflected in the minor grade point average procedure.