Policy on Grading

Courses
The outcome of active, current learning experiences assessed by the College will be graded based upon the scale below. This policy applies to graded course credits earned through the College.

Academic Standing:  Undergraduate Grading System

Letter Grade Quality Points Numerical Equivalents
A 4.0 93-100
A- 3.7 90-92
B+ 3.3 88-89
B 3.0 83-87
B- 2.7 80-82
C+ 2.3 78-79
C 2.0 73-77
C- 1.7 70-72
D 1.0 60-69
F 0 Below 60
I Incomplete (temporary grade)  
IF 0 Below 60



Unit of Credit
In expressing its degree requirements, Thomas Edison State College uses semester hours measurement. Other colleges define the value of knowledge in semester hours, trimester hours, quarter hours and competencies. All such hours transferred to Thomas Edison State College will be converted to semester hours.

Credit Without a Letter Grade
Thomas Edison State College will transcript credit (CR) without a letter grade for the following: Prior Learning Assessment (PLA); e-Pack®; all testing programs (including TECEP®), business, industry and corporate training programs evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) or National CCRS; military training programs evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE); licenses, special programs and registries evaluated and recommended for credit by Thomas Edison State College; and credits from foreign universities.

Credits earned are automatically applied to Thomas Edison State College degree programs for enrolled students, but are not calculated into the GPA.

Policy on Grade Point Average
An official Thomas Edison State College term and cumulative GPA will be calculated and posted on the official transcript for any student attempting at least 1 semester credit of graded course work at the College. Only grades earned at the College will be considered in the calculation of the official Thomas Edison State College GPA. Transfer grades will not be used in calculating the official Thomas Edison State College GPA.

Grades which reflect attempted graded credits (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, IF and F) will be used to calculate the official Thomas Edison State College GPA. Grades of CR (Credit) and W (Withdrawn) will not be used in the calculation of the GPA, but will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Grades of NC (No Credit) will not be counted in the GPA nor recorded on the transcript. This policy is effective July 1, 2011. It will be applied only to courses for which students register that begin on or after July 1, 2011.

Policy on D Grades
Students may transfer in or apply Thomas Edison State College course grades of D to their non area of study requirements as long as their overall grade point average is at least a 2.0, or higher as determined by the School in which they are enrolled, with the following exceptions:

  • All area of study courses must be graded C or better in order to apply to area of study requirements
  • All required composition courses must be graded C or better

Grade Rounding Policy
Grades on course assignments and examinations which are determined by percentages involving decimals should be rounded up to the next whole number when equal to .5 or greater. When the decimal is less than .5 the grade is to be rounded down. This policy also applies to final course grades where the final course grade is determined using percentages with decimals.

Minimum Grade Point Average for Graduation
All undergraduate students at Thomas Edison State College are required to maintain an overall minimum average of C in their Thomas Edison State College courses in order to graduate. All area of study courses must be graded C or better in order to apply to area of study requirements for undergraduate students at Thomas Edison State College.

All undergraduate students at Thomas Edison State College are required to maintain a minimum average of C in all the credits applied to their degree (Thomas Edison State College and transfer credits) in order to graduate. All undergraduate students at Thomas Edison State College can only utilize a grade of C or better in the area of English composition in order to graduate.

Graduate students are required to maintain an overall minimum average of B in their Thomas Edison State College courses in order to graduate.

Students must also meet any minimum required GPA standards established by their School to graduate from Thomas Edison State College.