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Frequently Asked Questions

Grade Points and Grading Scale

All work is graded by letters which are assigned grade points as interpreted below:

GRADE POINTS

Grade

Meaning

Points

A+
A
A-


Excellent

4.00
4.00
3.67

B+
B
B-


Good

3.33
3.00
2.67

C+
C
C-


Average

2.33
2.00
1.67

D+
D
D-


Poor

1.33
1.00
0.67

F

Failure

0.00

GRADING SCALE

Grade

Undergrad

Graduate

A+
A
A-

100
99-96
95-92

100
99-97
96-94

B+
B
B-

91-89
88-86
85-83

93-91
90-89
88-86

C+
C
C-

82-80
79-77
76-74

85-83
82-78
77-75

D+
D
D-

73-71
70-68
67-65

74-72
71-69
68-66

F

64 - 0

65-0

 

Of Submissions and Drafts

Submissions of Papers, Resubmissions, and Grades
All term paper submissions must be final submissions. Never hand in a rough draft, or even a good draft.

Students should only submit papers in which they present their best, finalized work.
Note: This also applies to everything students hand in, not just term papers. It includes Learning Contracts, syllabi, and so on.

So, while a student must never hand in a draft, he may, only by invitation of the professor, be asked to correct certain things in his paper and hand in a second submission of the final work.

There is a difference between “drafts” and “submissions”
A draft is something that the student feels is not done, not complete, and needs more work. Students should never hand in work that they themselves feel is in need of more work. However, a submission is simply the act of handing in the paper.

By Invitation Only
Occasionally, the professor may ask for a correction of certain things in the paper and a resubmission. Only the professor can “invite” a student to resubmit a paper. The professor may simply assign a final grade and be done, or he/she may point out needed corrections and invite the student to resubmit the paper with the corrections for a possible higher grade.

Do Not Count On An Invitation
However, one student was "counting" on the "invitation" to resubmit, so he did not do his best work; he handed in a rough draft, expecting that the professor would make all of the necessary corrections for him, and he'd be able to resubmit. Noting how obvious his errors were, like misspelled words no less, the professor gave the student’s paper the final grade (very low) and did not invite him to resubmit it. The student never attempted to do that again. Lesson: Always submit your best work. It might be your last chance.

Rules Governing The Professor’s Invitation for a Resubmission
If upon first submission, the paper achieves a letter grade of B+ or higher, then it is done. No resubmission is possible. If it receives a letter grade lower than a B+, the professor may make comments, corrections, and suggestions that if employed by the student and the paper resubmitted, may raise the grade of the paper.

For example , if you have a C+ on your paper, the highest that it could possibly be raised by employing the professor-suggested corrections is a B+. However, it might only go from a C+ to a B-, depending on the professor's judgment.

Students who receive the letter grade of "B" to "D-" may be invited by the professor to rework the paper and resubmit it, which when completed may raise the final grade.

Depending on how much improvement there has been, the new submission may raise the grade by one-third (0.33) of a point, by two-thirds (0.67) of a point, or one full point (1.00). No resubmission can raise the grade more than one full point.

For example, a "D-" could possibly be raised to a "D" or a "D+" or a "C-."

Or, a "C" may possibly be raised to a "C+" or a "B-" or a "B."

Work that is a "B-" or "B" may be resubmitted for a possible "B+" but no resubmissions may be allowed to move the letter grade into an "A-" or higher.

Work that receives a "B+" or higher upon first submission cannot be resubmitted for a higher grade.

Work that receives an "F" upon first submission cannot be resubmitted for a higher grade. In this case, if the student wishes, he/she may repeat the course (an hourly tuition will apply in this case), and only the higher grade will appear on the permanent transcript.

See General Grading Criteria for more information about how term papers are graded.

Graduation with Honors

Honors for graduation will be determined by the GPA earned only with CES. A minimum of 32 semester hours must be completed with CES to graduate with honors.

Undergraduate Level Honors: Summa cum laude is 4.00 to 3.75. Magna cum laude is 3.74 to 3.67. Cum laude is 3.66 to 3.33

Master's Level Honors: Summa cum laude is 4.00 to 3.90. Magna cum laude is 3.89 to 3.75. Cum laude is 3.74 to 3.50.

Doctoral Level Honors: Summa cum laude is 4.00 to 3.90. Magna cum laude is 3.89 to 3.75. Cum laude is 3.74 to 3.50.