Professional Development

Grading System

Grades have the following functions:

  • To recognize performance in a particular course.
  • To act as a basis of screening for other courses, programs or graduate school.
  • To inform the student of his/her level of achievement in a particular course.
  • To stimulate the student to learn.
  • To inform prospective employers of the student's achievements.

The following grading systems are in effect for courses taken through the College of Professional and Global Education:

Traditional Grades
A Superior Work
Indicates originality and independent work and a thorough mastery of the subject matter/skill; achievement so outstanding that it is normally attained only by students doing truly exemplary work.

Very Good Work
Indicates clearly better than adequate competence in the subject matter/skill; achievement of quality higher than adequate, but not of exemplary quality.


Adequate Work
Indicates that classroom work, outside assignments, and examinations have been completed at a level indicating adequate competence in the subject matter/skill

D Minimally Acceptable Work
Indicates achievement which meets the minimum requirements of the course, but at a level indicating less than adequate competence in the subject matter/skill.
F Unacceptable Work
Indicates achievement that fails to meet the minimum requirements of the course and is clearly below university quality; not a passing grade.

At the discretion of the instructor, plus and minus (+/-) grading symbols may also be given. Those grades are as follows: A-, B+, B-, C+, C-, D+, D-

Non - Traditional Grades
CR Credit

No Credit

Incompletes and Withdrawals

An incomplete ("I") indicates that a portion of required coursework has not been completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen, but fully justified, reasons and that there is still a possibility of earning credit. 

If a student is unable to complete work because of unforseen circumstances, they must work with their instructor and the registration office. Please send an email to


A "W" indicates that the student has dropped the course after the first day of class.   

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