Grading Scale

Grading Policy

Course grades are a reflection of student mastery of course learning outcomes. Faculty may evaluate student performance through quizzes, exams, discussion posts, class participation, research work, essays, group projects, and other appropriate assessments.

ACHS Grading Scale

ACHS uses a letter grading system. All courses and course grades, except those courses dropped during the drop period, are recorded on a student’s permanent academic transcript. Only grades earned at ACHS are computed in the Grade Point Average (GPA).

The following chart provides a breakdown of letter grade to percentage grade and Grade Point Average (GPA): 

Letter Grade
Percentage Grade
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A+
96%
4.0
A
93-95%
4.0
A-
90-92%
3.7
B+
86-89%
3.3
B
83-85%
3.0
B-
80-82%
2.7
C+
76-79%
2.3
C
73-75%
2.0
C-
70-72%
1.7
D+*
66-69%
1.3
D
63-65%
1.0
D-
60-62%
0.7
F
59%
0.0

* Please note: Students may be required to repeat a course in which a grade below a “C” is earned if this grade results in a substandard cumulative GPA (2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 for graduate students). 

P (Pass) — Indicates that the student has completed a course, but the student’s GPA is not affected.

NP (No Pass) — Indicates that the student has not completed a course. The grade of No Pass (NP) does not affect the student’s GPA.

W (Withdrawal) — Indicates official withdrawal.

AW (Administrative Withdrawal) — This grade is administratively assigned and does not affect the grade point average.

I (Incomplete) — Indicates the student has completed a minimum of 50% of their coursework before the end of the semester, completed the ACHS Incomplete Grade Request Form, and the request was approved.

R (Course Repeat) — Indicates that a course has been repeated. Upon completion of the repeated course, the grade earned will be computed in the GPA. The grade in the original course will be changed to R and will no longer be calculated into the GPA. Generally, a class may be repeated one time. The approval of the ASC must be obtained prior to an attempted course repeat. In exceptional circumstances, the ASC may approve additional repeat attempt(s). Credit may be earned only once, and full tuition is paid for the repeated course.

U (Ungraded, Unearned F) — Students who cease participation in graded activities prior to completing 50% of the term. Students who receive a “U” grade will generally be required to retake the course.  U grades not repeated within one year will be assigned an “F” grade.

Rounding Final Grades

The final grade is calculated to two decimal places using standard rounding rules. The grade is rounded up if the decimal is 0.50 or above. The grade is rounded down if the grade is below 0.50. For example, a grade of 89.50 percent is recorded as 90 percent or a grade of A. When the final grade computes to 79.49 percent, it is recorded as 79 percent, a grade of C+.

 

Last updated 12/15/20

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