Grading Scale and Standards

9.1 Grading Scale 

The following grading scale is adopted for use in all University courses.

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9.2 Grading Standards

  • A = Excellent 

    • The student demonstrates advanced knowledge of all of the content and skills presented in the course and is able to use professional or personal experience to contribute to class knowledge in a unique and insightful manner. The student has excellent writing skills and participates actively in all aspects of the learning process. 

  • B = Good 

    • The student demonstrates knowledge of most of the content and skills presented in the course and often uses relevant professional or personal experience to contribute to class knowledge. The student has very good writing skills and participates frequently in the online classroom. 

  • C = Below average 

    • The student demonstrates below-average knowledge of the content and skills presented in the course. The student somewhat applies relevant professional or personal experience to class topics. There may be deficiencies in writing skills and course participation may be inadequate. 

  • D = Poor

    • The student fails to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the content and skills presented in the course and poorly applies relevant professional or personal experience to class topics. There are deficiencies in writing skills and course participation may be inadequate. 

  • F = Fail

 

The student has presented an unacceptable quality and/or quantity of work that does not meet with the expectations and/or number of assignments specified by either the university and/or professor. 

 

If the student has not completed the coursework and earned a grade, the student may petition for one of the following grading marks, if and when, the student follows the appropriate guidelines. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING GRADING MARKS MAY IMPACT A STUDENT’S GPA. 

 

  • I = Incomplete Grade

    • If the course has not been completed the instructor may grant an “I” for incomplete. This incomplete status gives a student a semester/trimester extension, at no additional tuition cost. The reasons for requesting an incomplete are vast, such as illness that precludes you from attending class or studying, general hardships, or family emergencies; Virscend is willing to work with students in their specific situation. 

    • In order to be eligible for an incomplete, the student must be satisfactorily progressing in the course (two thirds of the coursework with a passing grade of C or higher) and the instructor must have a valid reason to believe that an extension of time will permit satisfactory completion. Instructor and student must meet and complete the Incomplete Grade Form. After receiving the Instructor signature, the form should be turned in to the Director of Academic Programs (admissions@virscend.com), who will then review and approve the incomplete status. The student can expect a response within five business days, but it will usually be sooner (as we understand typically these are time sensitive issues). The form must be signed by both the instructor and the Director of Academic Programs before discontinuing classwork.  

    • If an incomplete is granted, the student must submit all coursework required to the instructors within the following semester/trimester.  If the instructor does not receive the agreed upon coursework within the extension, the student will receive the grade indicated by the instructor on the Incomplete Grade Form. If the instructor does not indicate a grade to be assigned, the student will receive an F. In addition, the student may not take a full load of coursework during the granted semester/trimester extension. 

  • AW = Administrative Withdrawal

    • During the first two weeks of the course, if a student is absent, an instructor may withdraw a student from their course. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their instructor prior to the first week of class to notify him/her about any absence. Yet, it is at the discretion of a professor to determine whether the absence can be excused. If a student is administratively withdrawn, a student will have to retake the course. Since an administrative withdrawal only occurs at the beginning of the semester, the student will receive full tuition reimbursement, less administrative fees such as deposit or application fee that will not exceed $250. NOTE: While an AW may appear on students’ transcript, an administrative withdrawal is not calculated in a student’s GPA. 

  • W = Withdrawal

    • The student may withdraw from any course after 15 days or 3 weeks before the end of the semester (refer to Add/Drop Policy for more information). A pro rata refund may be reimbursed if the withdrawal falls under the qualifying deadline, as specified by the academic calendar (See refund policy for more detail). The student will be responsible for a new tuition payment for the repeated course of study. A student who withdraws will have to retake the course.

  • WU= Withdrawal Unauthorized

    • If the student discontinues the study without filing the withdrawal application. He/she will receive the grade of WU. The WU will appear on the transcript and the GPA of WU is “0”.

 

9.3 Grading Policy

9.3.1 Grading Policy for BS Programs

Students that receive a D or F must retake the course. Courses may be repeated.

 

9.3.2 Grading Policy for MBA Program

Students that receive a C are placed in probation and do not have to retake the course, unless their cumulative GPA is lower than the graduation requirement. Students that receive a C- or lower must retake the class to graduate. Courses may be repeated.

 

9.4 Grade Appeal Policy and Procedure

9.4.1 Grade Appeal Policy

  • Grade appeals are designed for disputed academic evaluations only. 

  • Communication between the student and the teaching faculty should be the first step taken. If an agreement cannot be reached, the student can file the Grade Appeal form online

  • The Grade appeal will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Programs and forwarded to the Grievance Committee for recommendations.

 

9.4.2 Grade Appeal Procedure

  • The student can file the Grade Appeal online within 5 working days after the final grade is posted. 

  • The Office of Academic Programs will review the Grade Appeal and forward it to the Grievance Committee for recommendations.

  • The Grievance Committee will review the grade appeal and make recommendations to the Office of Academic Programs for final decision.

  • A written decision will be given to the student by Email by the Office of Academic Programs normally within 10 business days after the Grade Appeal is filed.

 

9.5 Credit/Non-Credit Policy

Credit/Non-Credit is the denomination of a CR/NC for a passing/non-passing grade in lieu of a course letter grade. 

 

Below is a chart used for both the Bachelor Degree and Master Degree Program. Students will receive credit/non-credit (CR/NC) according to the table below. It is important to note that program/course restrictions may apply. Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Programs.

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