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Academic Progress


At the end of each semester your grades are posted on the self service center. The grades will reflect your instructors assessment of your mastery of the material covered in their class. Grades are based on a combination of measurements including tests, class participation, assigned projects, papers and final exam. Each instructor will have his/her own criteria for grading, which will be explained in the course outline (syllabus). If you are not sure what is expected of you, seek advice from the instructor.

Grades range from A (excellent performance) to F (failing performance) with minus or plus used for finer distinctions.

The following grade system is employed in evaluating work in undergraduate courses:

Grade Definition Grade points per credit hour
A Excellent 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ Good 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ Satisfactory 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ Poor 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67
F Failure 0.00

Grades of Pass or Fail (P or NP) have no effect on your grade point average.

Repeating a Course

You will have the option to repeat a course if you feel you want to improve your grade. Only the grade most recently earned will be used in the computation of your grade point average (GPA) and credits earned. However, the original grade will remain on your transcript with the letter E next to it, indicating it is being excused from your GPA calculation. The most recently earned grade will have the letter I next to it, indicating it is being included in overall GPA computation.

Student Classifications

When will the university consider me a First, Second, Third or Fourth year student?

The following numbers represent credits successfully completed and are inclusive. For example, if you complete 23 credits after your first two semesters, the University will still classify you as a freshman. If you complete 24 credits you will be classified as a sophomore.

1st year 0-23
2nd year 24-53
3rd year 54-86
4th year 87-

These numbers are important because they decide your place in line for the housing lottery, parking privileges and registration. The more credits you have earned the further up in the line you will be. Their real significance however, is their measurement of timely completion of program requirements. To complete your degree in four years, you must complete a minimum of 15 or 16 credits per semester. It is crucial to remember when you drop below 15 credits in a semester, that somewhere along the line you must make up these credits. Many students make up credits in the summer. If you are having difficulty in a particular class, talk to your professor, your faculty advisor and parents before deciding to drop it. They can help you avoid making the wrong decision. A full time student must satisfactorily complete 24 credits each year. You may be ineligible for future financial aid if you do not meet this requirement.

Minimum Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress

The University has minimum grade point averages and minimum credit standards that you must maintain to remain in a good academic standing. Grade point averages are based on the number of credits that you have completed:

Credits Earned Minimum GPA

Credits: 0-23      Min GPA:1.7

Credits: 24-53    Min GPA:1.8

Credits: 54-86    Min GPA:1.9 (see Barney minimum standards - below)

Credits: 87- graduation   Min GPA: 2.0 (see Barney minimum standards - below)

A full time student must satisfactorily complete 24 credits per year. Your cumulative grade point average and total credits are monitored by the Office of Academic Services at the end of each semester. The academic records of those students who fall below the minimum standards are submitted to the Committee on Academic Standards for review. This committee is composed of members of the Barney School faculty who make recommendations to the Dean.

Students who do not have at least the minimum 2.0 GPA after completing 53 credits, will NOT be allowed to take new business courses until their overall GPA rises to at least 2.0. Students may retake courses in Barney in order to increase their GPA.

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