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Houghton College Adult Education Grading System

Grading System

A series of letters is used in the grading of college course work as follows:

A
B
C
D
F
Excellent    (94 - 100%)
Good     (85 - 93%)
Average    (73 - 84%)
Below minimum standards for Houghton College
Below minimum Standards for Houghton College
A grade of "D" is not a passing grade in a major course.  The course must be retaken.    
W - Withdrawn: an indeterminate grade applicable to a course dropped after the first class but before the fifth class.  It is vitally important that you notify your academic advisor as soon as possible if you must withdraw from a course and wish to avoid any excess charges to your student account.  Please note that withdrawal implications differ between classroom courses and online courses.  Contact your academic advisor or Student Guide for an outline of the differences. 
Drop: a student can drop a course with no academic or financial implications if his/her academic advisor is notified prior to the start of the course.  Drop implications differ between classroom courses and online courses.  Contact your academic advisor or Student Guide for an outline of the differences. 
I - Incomplete: A student who has not fulfilled course requirements may be given an incomplete ("I") until all requirements are satisfied.  Students must contact the professor to determine a course completion plan.  Students will be allowed a maximum of three weeks from the completion of the course (week or module 5) to satisfy all requirements or the incomplete grade "I" shall automatically be recorded as an "F".  Once the maximum time has expired the course instructor is responsible for submitting a grade to both the Academic Records and Adult Ed offices.  
 

Quality Point Average (also known as grade point average or GPA)

To derive a scholastic average for all of a student’s courses each term, letter grades are assigned the following  numerical equivalents: 


(A) = 4.00
(A-) = 3.67
(B+) = 3.33
(B) = 3.00
(B-) = 2.67
(C+) = 2.33
(C) = 2.00
(C-) = 1.67
(D+) = 1.33
(D) = 1.00
(D-) = 0.67

These are multiplied by the credit hours for the course, then added together and divided by the number of credit hours carried. (See example that follows).  A student in good standing must maintain a cumulative quality point average of 2.0.  The QPA is calculated only on the course work taken at Houghton College.  Only credit hours, not grades, are transferred in from other colleges. 

An example:

Course

Biblical Literature

Fundamentals of Management

Worldviews at Work

Human Resources Management

Quantitative Decision Making

JCC Cross Reg.: Intro. to Photography

TOTALS

Hours

3

3

3

3

3

2

17

Grade

B-

A

B+

A

A-

B+

Value

2.67

4.00

3.33

4.00

3.67

3.33

Points

8.01

12.00

9.99

12.00

11.01

6.66

59.67

QPA (GPA) = 59.67 divided by 17 = 3.51 (In this example, the student would qualify for the Dean’s List.)

Courses taken off-campus under Houghton College direction (CROSS REGISTRATION) are considered to be work taken at Houghton College and grades will be recorded. For all other satisfactory off-campus coursework (i.e.: DSST, ELA), only a “P” grade can be recorded.

Graduation Honors

Students must complete 62 hours in Houghton College in order to be eligible for graduation honors.