Grades and Grading (Graduate School) – LR 509.8

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Grades and Grading
Policy Number: LR 509.8
Effective Date: August 15, 2011

Grades are one of the criteria used at UA Little Rock to monitor the progress and assess the academic standing of graduate students. This policy defines the grading system and issues related to the posting of grades.

Grading System

The graduate grading system used by UA Little Rock is: A, excellent; B, acceptable; C and D, below acceptable standards; F, failure; I, incomplete; IP, in progress; CR/NC, credit/no credit; AU, audit; and W, withdrawal. The Graduate School uses the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the program in which the student is currently enrolled and any other courses taken while enrolled in the current program as a measure for determining scholastic standing and fulfillment of graduation requirements. The GPA is determined by assigning quality points to each letter grade (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0), multiplying the quality points by the number of credit hours in the course, and dividing by the total number of hours attempted. The semester grade report shows both the semester GPA and a cumulative GPA based on all graduate work taken at UA Little Rock.

Posting of Grades

If grades are posted, it is done in such a way that students can identify only their own grades. Students in debt to the university will not receive a semester grade report until the debt is satisfied. A formal process to appeal a final grade decision is described in the UA Little Rock Student Handbook.

Status: Active
Approved by: Graduate Council
Custodian: Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School