Grades and the Grading System
A student will receive grades on various types of classroom performance during the progress of most courses and a final grade at the end of the term. At the end of the term, grades are available online. Individual tests are usually graded with percentage or letter marks, but official academic records are maintained with a grade-point system. Overall scholastic averages are computed on a quality point ratio basis, wherein the sum of the quality points earned is divided by the sum of the credits attempted. The quality point value per credit for each letter grade is shown in the following tables:
|D+||0.0||Graduate Courses Only|
|D||0.0||Graduate Courses Only|
|D-||0.0||Graduate Courses Only|
|NGR||0.0||No grade reported|
|INV||0.0||Invalid grade reported|
Notes: Prior to Fall Semester 1973 cumulative grade point averages included transfer work. A student cannot raise a grade through re-examination.
I - Incomplete: Indicates that the student has done passing work in the course but that some part of the work is, for good and acceptable reason, not complete at the end of the term. Failure to make up the omitted work satisfactorily by the end of exam week of the following term, not including summer sessions, converts the “I” to an “F.” When the work is satisfactorily completed within the allotted time, the “I” is converted to whatever grade the student has earned. It is the responsibility of the student to make up the incomplete work. The faculty member should submit the new grade to the Office of the University Registrar on a change of grade form, which is available through MyAkron. If the instructor wishes to extend the “I” grade beyond the following term for which the student is registered, the instructor should submit an incomplete extension form, which is available through MyAkron, before the end of the semester.
IP - In Progress: Indicates that the student has not completed the scheduled coursework during the semester because the nature of the course does not permit completion within a single semester, such as work toward a thesis. An “IP” grade should be assigned only in graduate courses.
PI - Permanent Incomplete: Indicates that the student’s instructor and the dean with jurisdiction over the course may for special reason authorize the change of an incomplete “I” to a permanent incomplete “PI.”
WD - Withdraw: Indicates that the student registered for the course but withdrew officially after the 15th day of the term.
NGR - No Grade Reported: Indicates that, at the time grades were processed for the current issue of the record, no grade had been reported by the instructor.
INV - Invalid: Indicates the grade reported by the instructor of the course was improperly noted and thus unacceptable for proper processing.
Importance of Grades
Grades determine whether a student is either eligible or ineligible to remain at the University. Eligibility to participate in the 200-plus registered student organizations and other co-curricular activities is dependent on the student’s maintenance of good academic standing at the University. A student who has not been placed on probation or dismissed from the University is deemed to be in good academic standing. Some selective organizations such as honoraries and varsity athletics require special eligibility criteria. On the basis of grades, a student receives opportunities to take additional courses to accelerate academic progress. Acceptance for admission to a college depends on the approval of the dean of the college which the student chooses to enter and on the student's academic performance to date.
Undergraduate students who carry 12 graded credits or more without receiving an “Incomplete” or “In Progress” grade and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List of their respective college. This is an undergraduate academic honor recognizing excellence in the classroom prior to the completion of the degree. Developmental Program course load hours do not carry academic credit toward a degree and are not considered in determining Dean’s List honors but do count in computing a student’s course load for financial aid or student employment, and are used in probation and dismissal decisions.
Part-Time Student Dean’s List
Undergraduate part-time students who carry between 6 and 11.5 graded credits without receiving an “Incomplete” or “In Progress” grade and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better are eligible for inclusion on the Part-Time Student Dean’s List of their respective college. This is an undergraduate academic honor recognizing excellence in the classroom prior to the completion of the degree. Developmental Program course load hours do not carry academic credit toward a degree and are not considered in determining Part-Time Dean’s List honors but do count in computing a student’s course load for financial aid or student employment, and are used in probation and dismissal decisions.
An undergraduate student who fails to maintain a grade-point average of 2.00 (“C”) is placed on academic probation and may be subject to a change of courses, dismissal, or some other form of discipline. Academic discipline is determined by the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. Reinstatement of a student is determined by the dean of the college from which the student was dismissed. Once dismissed from the University, a student is not eligible to register for credit courses until readmitted.
Any course may be repeated twice by an undergraduate student subject to the following conditions:
Course Substitution Policy
The University of Akron recognizes that some students may be unable to satisfy specific coursework requirements for degree completion. Therefore, the student may request a course substitution. A course substitution is not appropriate when the specific course(s) is essential to the degree being sought and a substitution would represent a fundamental alteration of the program. The process for requesting a course substitution is as follows:
The student contacts his/her adviser and requests a course substitution.
To be eligible for academic reassessment, a student shall:
The Office of the University Registrar will apply the following provisions of the academic reassessment policy:
Students at The University of Akron are an essential part of the academic community, and enjoy substantial freedom within the framework of the educational objectives of the institution. The freedom necessary for learning in a community so rich in diversity and achieving our educational objectives requires high standards of academic integrity. The University community is governed by the policies and regulations contained within the Code of Student Conduct. Contact the Department of Student Judicial Affairs in Student Union 216, at email@example.com or 330-972-6830. The University of Akron considers academic integrity an essential part of each student’s personal and intellectual growth. Instances of academic misconduct will be addressed. All members of the community contribute actively to building a strong reputation of academic excellence and integrity at The University of Akron. It is each student’s responsibility to know what constitutes academic misconduct and to seek clarification directly from the instructor if necessary. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
An incident of academic misconduct may be resolved and a sanction assessed in a meeting between the faculty member and student. If the student and faculty member agree on the facts of the incident and the proposed sanction, the matter can be resolved informally. Prior to an informal resolution, the faculty member shall confer with Student Judicial Affairs to determine whether any prior academic misconduct has occurred. If the student and the faculty member disagree about the facts of the incident or the proposed sanction, then the matter shall be referred to Student Judicial Affairs. When the matter is referred to the Department of Student Judicial Affairs, a meeting will occur and, if the information indicates it is more likely than not that an academic misconduct violation has occurred, the office will follow procedures.
Credit/Noncredit Option (undergraduate and post baccalaureate only)
A student who takes a course on a “credit” or “noncredit” (CR/NC) basis, and who earns a grade equivalent to “A” through “C-,” shall receive credit (“CR”) for the course and have the grade, “CR,” placed on the permanent record; a grade equivalent to “D+” through “F” will be recorded with the noncredit grade, “NC.”
For the baccalaureate degree, no more than 16 credits of non-language courses and no more than 20 credits in total (including language courses) are permitted to be taken on a CR/NC basis. For the associate degree, no more than eight credits of non-language courses and no more than 10 credits in total, including language courses, is permitted.
A student is eligible for the CR/NC option if the student has:
The CR/NC option is available only at the time of registration for the course. After the first week of the term or first two days of a summer session, the status cannot be changed. The University Registrar will notify the instructor of those students utilizing the CR/NC option by means of the final class list.
Courses that can be taken on a CR/NC basis:
Courses that cannot be taken CR/NC:
Courses for which “CR” is awarded will be counted as hours completed only; courses for which “NC” is awarded shall not be counted as hours attempted; in neither case shall “CR” or “NC” be considered in calculating grade-point average, but in both instances the course shall be entered on the student’s official academic record. A student may repeat a course for credit (CR), or a grade (A-F) after receiving a grade of “NC.” A college may designate in the printed schedule, on an annual basis, a course as not available to be taken on a “CR/NC” basis. A student taking a course on a “CR/NC” basis is expected to meet the full requirements of the course as required by the instructor.
A student choosing to audit a course must elect to do so at the time of registration. The student pays the enrollment fee and may be expected to do all the work prescribed for students taking the course for credit, except that of taking the examination. Any faculty member may initiate withdrawal for a student not meeting these expectations.
Transient Work at Another University
The purpose of transient work is to provide The University of Akron student with opportunity to: 1) take a course that is not offered at The University of Akron; or, 2) if the student is away in the summer, to take a course in a distant location; or, 3) in rare cases, a student who is only a few credits shy of graduation and must leave The University of Akron due to extenuating circumstances. These courses will be listed on The University of Akron official academic record. Each course will reflect the course number, title, grade and credit value; no grade-point value will appear on the record and the grade for such course will not be included in The University of Akron grade-point calculation. The name of the institution will be listed on The University of Akron official academic record as well as the date that the coursework was taken.
Any University of Akron student who wishes to take coursework at another regionally accredited institution of higher education must receive prior approval by the academic dean of the appropriate unit if the student intends to apply this coursework toward a degree at The University of Akron.
Note: Coursework taken at another institution cannot be considered for The University of Akron’s Repeat for Change of Grade policy or Academic Reassessment policy and will not be calculated into the UA grade point average.
American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation
The University of Akron accepts the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT). CREDIT evaluates and makes credit recommendations for formal educational programs and courses offered by organizations including business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies. The program is based on the idea that it is sound educational practice for colleges and universities to grant academic credit for high-quality educational programs conducted by a variety of organizations provided that the courses are appropriate to an individual's degree program.
Advanced Placement Credit
Many high schools offer Advanced Placement courses through the auspices of the College Board for possible college credit. By enrolling in such courses during high school and taking Advanced Placement Tests at the end of each course, high school students may earn undergraduate credits in a number of different academic areas. The test score required to receive credit for a specific course is determined by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Academic Department in which the course resides. Credits earned in this manner are included in the total credits completed, but are not assigned a grade and do not count in the quality point ratio, class standing, or graduation with honors calculations. Students must take the tests while they are in high school. It is not possible to take the tests once a student is enrolled at The University of Akron. The State of Ohio, working through the University System of Ohio, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.
Beginning in the Fall term 2009: