New Policy on GPA Coming in 2011-2012 Academic Year

July 1, 2011

Effective for Courses Taken After July 1, 2011

As of July 1, 2011, final course grades of F, IF, and W awarded for Thomas Edison State College courses which start on or after the July 2011 term will appear on the Thomas Edison State College transcript. In addition, the grades of F and IF will be included in the calculation of the Thomas Edison State College grade point average (GPA).

The College is making this change because recording the outcomes of all attempts to earn credit brings the institution in line with current standards and best practices within higher education. Thomas Edison State College students are generally very motivated and successful in the majority of their educational endeavors, including their attempted coursework.

This change in policy only applies to F, IF or W grades awarded for Thomas Edison State College graduate and undergraduate online or Guided Study courses that start on or after July 1, 2011. Prior to the July 2011 term, grades of F, IF or W will not appear on transcripts nor will F or IF grades be calculated in the Thomas Edison State College GPA.

Please note that NC (no credit) grades associated with Thomas Edison State College Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), e-Pack®, FlashTrack™ or TECEP® will continue to be excluded from the transcript, even if the course start date is after July 1, 2011. Should a student not earn credit, the PLA, e-Pack®, FlashTrack™ or TECEP® will not appear on the transcript.

FAQs for New Grade Policy

Thomas Edison State College is pleased to announce a change to the policy on Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA will be calculated in accordance with the specifications listed below and will be posted on all official and student copies of the Thomas Edison State College transcripts.

The Thomas Edison State College GPA will be based solely on graded credits attempted through Thomas Edison State College coursework. Only grades which reflect attempted graded credits (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F and IF) will be used to calculate the official Thomas Edison State College GPA and will be recorded on the transcript. The only F and IF grades that will be printed on the transcript and included in the GPA calculation are those awarded for courses which started on or after the July 2011 term. Courses with grades of W will be recorded on the transcript, but will not be calculated into the GPA. Courses with grades of NC are not recorded on the transcript, nor will they be calculated into the GPA.

Thomas Edison State College credit earning options in which students receive grades of CR, such as TECEP®, Prior Learning Assessment, Practicum courses and e-Packs®, will not be calculated into the GPA but will appear on the transcript. No grades from transfer courses will be calculated into the Thomas Edison State College GPA.

What is the specific change to the GPA policy?
Since July 1, 2008, the Thomas Edison State College GPA was calculated using only passing, graded credit earned for Thomas Edison State College courses. As of July 1, 2011, F and IF grades awarded for Thomas Edison State College courses attempted on or after the July 2011 term will be included on the transcript and will be calculated into the GPA. Any F or IF graded awarded to a student for a term earlier than July 2011 will not be on the transcript, nor will it be calculated into the GPA.

To whom does this change apply?
All undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged with Thomas Edison State College as of July 1, 2011 get the new format. This includes students who are engaged with Thomas Edison State College as applicants, currently enrolled or a nonmatriculated student taking courses or doing Credit Banking. If the student is currently engaged with Thomas Edison State College now, they get the new format, even if they were previously inactive, a graduate, on a leave of absence (LOA) or a previous nonmatric. The new format will be fully implemented for all affected students on July 1, 2011.

Why did the College make these changes?
Thomas Edison State College students are generally very motivated and successful in the majority of their educational endeavors, including their attempted coursework. Recording the outcomes of all attempts to earn credit brings us in line with current standards and best practices within higher education.

How is the College notifying students of these changes?
The new policies will be published in the 2011-2012 College Catalog. Official notices of implementation will be e-mailed to students in January 2011 and published in Insights, the College’s student e-newsletter in January 2011 and paper-based student newsletter, Signals, in February 2011. Information on these changes will also be incorporated into the myEdison® student HelpDesk as knowledgebase articles.

Can a student select which GPA calculation policy they want to receive?
No. That determination is made based on the criteria above. The College is not able to accommodate requests for exceptions to this administrative policy as it has been approved by the Thomas Edison State College deans and Academic Affairs division. There will be no option to appeal for students to select which GPA calculation they want.

How can students view their GPA?
If you are a currently enrolled student, you can see your Thomas Edison State College GPA by viewing your academic evaluation on myEdison®.

What does this new policy mean in terms of my required GPA for graduation?
The GPA requirements for graduation are the same as they were since July 1, 2008. However, now F and IF grades awarded for Thomas Edison State College courses attempted on or after the July 2011 term will be included on the transcript and will be calculated into the GPA. Any F or IF graded awarded to a student for a term earlier than July 2011 will not be on the transcript, nor will it be calculated into the GPA.

  • Undergraduate students must maintain an overall minimum average of "C" in their Thomas A. Edison State College courses in order to graduate. They also must maintain a minimum average of "C" in their area of study AND in all the credits applied to their degree (Thomas Edison State College and transfer credits) in order to graduate. Students must also meet any minimum required GPA standards established by their school to graduate. If the student has no Thomas Edison State College graded course work on which to calculate the GPA, it will show as N/A.
  • Graduate students must 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.

If you have any questions about raising your GPA, please contact the Thomas Edison State College Academic Advisement Center at (888) 442-8372.