Academic procedures

Evaluation of student performance

Graduate students are evaluated utilizing a letter grade system with quality points. To remain in good standing, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Grades are calculated according to the following scale:

Letter grade Quality points
per semester hour
 A 4.0
  A- 3.7
  B+ 3.3
B 3.0
  B- 2.7
  C+ 2.3
C 2.0
 C- 1.7
E 0.0


Students must notify the office of adult and graduate education in writing of their intent to withdraw from courses. Neither notifying instructors nor failing to attend courses constitutes withdrawal. Failure to complete appropriate withdrawal procedures may yield failing grades for the affected courses.

To receive an incomplete, a student must apply for and obtain permission from the course instructor. It is expected that an incomplete will be removed within the first two weeks of the semester or term following the one in which it was given. If not removed by the end of the semester or term following the one in which it was given, the incomplete becomes an E.

Any time that a degree-seeking  graduate student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on academic probation. Students placed on probation must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of an additional nine semester hours of coursework or they will be placed on academic suspension.

Academic suspension requires the student to leave the program for the equivalent of one complete semester. Students must request readmission to the program. The program director will consider each request for readmission on a case by case basis.

May 2019