Determining Final Grades

Determining Final Grades
Instruction and evaluation are integral to maintaining the quality of Webster’s academic programs. Instructors must be willing to focus on both the needs of the students and the integrity of the academic program. Students must be evaluated according to objective standards to preserve the quality and integrity of the academic programs. It is the instructor’s responsibility to evaluate each student and to assign the appropriate letter grade. Some students will succeed; some will not. We do not endorse grade inflation!

The grading system and the instructor’s objective determination of the grades should be included in the course syllabus and verbally explained at the first class session. In most courses, students receive a letter grade for their course. The University also has an optional “Pass/Fail” grading system for undergraduate programs (see UG Catalog for details). Students who wish to select the non-graded option must do so by the end of the second week of class.

Faculty should observe the following letter grading system guidelines in assigning grades.

Graduate Letter Grade Definition

  • A (93-100) / A- (90-92): Superior graduate work
  • B+ (87-89) / B (83-86) / B- (80-82): Satisfactory graduate work
  • C (70-79): Work that is barely adequate as graduate-level performance
  • CR: Work that is performed as satisfactory graduate work (B– or better). Grade of CR is reserved for courses designated by a department, involving internships, a thesis, practicums, or specified courses.
  • F: Work that is unsatisfactory
  • I: Incomplete work
  • ZF: An incomplete which was not completed within one year of the end of the course. ZF is treated the same as an F or NC for all cases involving G.P.A, academic warning, probation, and dismissal.
  • IP: In progress
  • W: Withdrawn from the Course
  • WF: Unofficial Withdrawal: A student enrolled for the course did not withdraw, and failed to complete course requirements. Used when, in the opinion of the instructor, there is insufficient completed work to evaluate academic performance. WF is treated the same as an F for all cases involving GPA, academic warning, probation, and dismissal.
  • Z: A temporary designation given by the registrar indicating that the final grade has not been submitted by the instructor. When the final grade is filed in the Office of the Registrar, that grade will replace the Z

Graduate Grade Point Average

A grade point average (GPA) is calculated on all graded work, including transfer credit, applied toward all undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate students are expected to maintain a GPA of B or higher. A 4-point system is used to calculate the GPA:

A = 4.0 pts, A- = 3.67 points, B+ = 3.33 pts., B = 3.0 pts., B - = 2.67 pts., C = 2.0 pts., F = 0 pts., ZF = 0 pts., NC = 0 pts., WF = 0 pts.

Grades of Incomplete, Withdrawn, or Credit or Pass for transfer courses, are not used in calculating the GPA. If a student wishes to repeat a course, the most recent grade will be used in calculating the GPA.

Undergraduate Letter Grade Definition

  • A (93-100) / A- (90-92) Superior work in the opinion of the instructor
  • B+ (87-89) / B (83-86) / B- (80-82) Good work in the opinion of the instructor
  • C+ (77-79)/ C (73-76)/ C- (70-72) Satisfactory work in the opinion of the instructor
  • D+ (67-69)/ D (63-66) Passing, but less than satisfactory work in the opinion of the instructor
  • F:Unsatisfactory work in the opinion of the instructor
  • I:Incomplete work in the opinion of the instructor
  • W:Withdrawn from course
  • WF:Unofficial Withdrawal: A student enrolled for the course, did not withdraw, and failed to
  • complete course requirements. Used when, in the opinion of the instructor, there is insufficient completed work to evaluate academic performance. WF is treated the same as an F or NC for all cases involving GPA, academic warning, probation, and dismissal.
  • IP: Course In progress
  • NR Not reported for the course
  • Z:A temporary designation given by the registrar indicating that the final grade has not been submitted by the instructor. When the final grade is filed in the Office of the Registrar, that grade will replace the Z

Undergraduate Grade Point Average
A grade point average (GPA) is calculated on all graded work, including transfer credit, applied toward all undergraduate and graduate degrees.

A 4-point system is used to calculate the GPA

A = 4.0 pts, A- = 3.67 points, B+ = 3.33 pts., B = 3.0 pts., B - = 2.67 pts., C+ = 2.33 pts., C = 2.0 pts.
C - = 1.67 pts., D+ = 1.33 pts., D = 1.0 pts., F = 0 pts., ZF = 0 pts., WF = 0 pts.

Grades of Pass, Incomplete, Withdrawn or Waived are not used in calculating the GPA. If a student wishes to repeat a course, the most recent grade will be used in calculating the GPA.