Grading System and Improving a Grade

Grading

The quality of student performance or competency level, as determined by the instructor at the completion of a course is indicated by a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F. Ivy Tech does not use pluses and minuses as a part of its grading system.

Each designation has a numerical value per credit hour, referred to as "quality points." This meaning and quality point value per credit hour of each letter grade are shown in the table below:

Status

Description

Quality Points Per Credit Hour

A

Excellent

4

B

Good

3

C

Average

2

D

Below average

1

F

Failure

0

Status Code

Status Codes describe the state or condition of a course on the student's record for which a grade has not been awarded. Status code indications carry no quality points. Status codes and the symbols used to indicate them are:

I = Incomplete V = Verified Competency
AU = Audit NW = No-Show Withdrawal
S = Satisfactory W = Withdrawal
U = Unsatisfactory      

Incomplete - "I" designations may be issued, at the instructor's discretion, to students who have actively pursued a course and are doing passing work at the end of the course but who have not complete the final examination and/or other specific course assignments. To remove an "I" designation, a student must meet with the instructor and make arrangements to complete course requirements in a specified period. Incomplete grades that have no reported final grade are converted to “F” status thirty (30) days after the start of the next term.

Improving a Grade

Students, with the approval of faculty advisors, may attempt to improve D or F grades by repeating courses (allowable once in most programs). The lower grade will continue to be reflected on the official transcript; however the student's grade point average will reflect the highest grade earned.