The College uses the following individual letter and numeric grading system. Grade point averages are computed on the following scale with points computed for each hour of credit attempted:
90 – 100% A 4 points
80 – 89% B 3 points
70 – 79% C 2 points
60 – 69% D 1 point
0 – 59% F 0 points
The following symbols may also appear on the student’s transcript. These grades do not bear grade points and are not used in computing the grade point average (GPA)*:
I = Incomplete
TR = Transfer Credit
P = Pass
NP = No Pass
W = Withdrawn*
Courses with a grade of 'F' or 'D' will not be counted toward degree conferral and must be repeated. (See Degree Conferral Policy)
Capstone Completion Policy: Students must fulfill all requirements of the Capstone course with a minimum of 80% for the overall final grade. Students who earn less than 80% will be required to retake the course in the next term.
Field-Based Experiences, including internships, student teaching, and practicums, require a minimum of 80% for each artifact. All artifacts must be completed to receive a passing score or the course must be retaken in the next term.
* The credits attempted for courses with W grades are used in the calculation for cumulative GPA.
** All courses attempted will appear on the transcript. For courses that are repeated, only the highest grade will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
Each student has secure access to a personal online portal account where they can access their grades within one week of the course end date. Students can also access their degree progress audit through their online portal account, which demonstrates their progress through their academic program.
A student may need an extension of time to complete course requirements due to unanticipated circumstances arising near the end of the term. Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or life-impacting events. Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified term.
Students are limited to two incomplete grade requests during their program of study.
The student must submit the Incomplete Grade Contract and provide any requested documentation to be reviewed and completed by the course instructor prior to the end of the term. The student must have completed at least half of the course work to be eligible. Final approval of an Incomplete Grade Contract resides with the department chair or designee. The grade received at the end-of-term for incomplete work due is the grade earned.
Grade Record Change
A faculty member or department chair can initiate an official grade change after official grades are posted due to computational or technical errors. Grades may also be changed from an 'I' to an earned grade.
“Arbitrary and capricious grading” is defined in the following manner:
- A grade assigned on some basis other than performance in the course.
- A grade assigned through significant deviation from criteria stated in the course syllabus, assessment rubrics, or articulated by the faculty member.
- A grade assigned by resorting to standards significantly different from those applied to other students in the course.
- A grade assigned as a result of vindictiveness or discrimination.
Students at American College of Education have the right to appeal a final course grade that they allege to be the result of arbitrary or capricious grading. To do so, the student would follow the Appeals Process as stated above. The deadline for appealing a final grade is Week 2 of the following term.