2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    
    Dec 09, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Grading Scales


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Undergraduate Grades That Count Toward Credits Attempted

Letter Grade  Point Value Definition Criteria
A 4.0 Superior Student met all participation requirements; completed all assignments, group projects, and papers; met the evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus; and submitted superior quality work.
B 3.0 Above Average Student met all participation requirements; completed all assignments, group projects, and papers; met the evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus; and submitted satisfactory quality work.

C

C*

2.0 Average Student met the majority of participation requirements; completed most assignments, group projects, and papers; and met the majority of evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus.
D 1.0 Marginal Student met minimal participation requirements; completed some assignments, group projects, and papers; and met minimal evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus.
F 0.0 Fail Student did not meet the criteria for a passing grade.
S 0.0 Satisfactory Student passed the course satisfactorily.†
I   Incomplete Incomplete grades can be granted only to students who have already met the minimum criteria for active weekly participation in a course (including weekly postings in online courses) and have completed at least 80% of the rest of the coursework. Incompletes can be awarded where, due to extenuating circumstances, a student has not been able to complete all course requirements within the term, including but not limited to written assignments, group projects, and research papers, as applicable. All incomplete grades are awarded at the discretion of the course instructor.
CIP   In Progress Student is in the process of completing a course.
TR   Transfer Student transfers in credits from another institution.
U 0.0 Unsatisfactory Student did not meet the criteria for an S grade.†
W 0.0 Withdrawal Student withdrew from a course after the official drop date but prior to the official withdrawal deadline.
XF, XU 0.0 Failed Course Sanction An academic integrity or Code of Conduct violation was identified and ultimately sanctioned with a course failure during the course drop or withdrawal period or after the withdrawal period.

Note: Letter grade C* pertains to Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) courses only.

†Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades are limited to the following:

  • Noncredit courses
  • Practicum and internship courses
  • Fundamental course

Graduate Grades That Count Toward Credits Attempted

Letter Grade* Point Value Definition Criteria
A 4.0 Superior Student met all participation requirements; completed all assignments, group projects, and papers; met the evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus; and submitted superior quality work.
B 3.0 Satisfactory Student met all participation requirements; completed all assignments, group projects, and papers; met the evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus; and submitted satisfactory quality work.
C 2.0 Marginal
 
Student met the majority of participation requirements; completed most assignments, group projects, and papers; and met the majority of evaluation criteria for the course as specified in the syllabus. (C– will not count for credit.)
F 0.0 Fail Student did not meet the criteria for a passing grade.
S 0.0 Satisfactory Student passed the course satisfactorily.†
I   Incomplete Incomplete grades can be granted only to students who have already met the minimum criteria for active weekly participation in a course (including weekly postings in online courses) and have completed at least 80% of the rest of the coursework. Incompletes can be awarded where, due to extenuating circumstances, a student has not been able to complete all course requirements within the term, including but not limited to written assignments, group projects, and research papers, as applicable. All incomplete grades are awarded at the discretion of the course instructor.
CIP   In Progress Student is in the process of completing a course.
TR   Transfer Student transfers in credits from another institution.
U 0.0 Unsatisfactory Student did not meet the criteria for an S grade.†
W 0.0 Withdrawal Student withdrew from a course after the official drop date but prior to the official withdrawal deadline.
XF, XU 0.0 Failed Course Sanction An academic integrity or Code of Conduct violation was identified and ultimately sanctioned with a course failure during the course drop or withdrawal period or after the withdrawal period.


†Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades are limited to the following: 

  • Noncredit courses
  • Foundations courses
  • Foundation Research Sequence seminars and courses
  • Practicum and internship courses
  • Thesis, ePortfolio, dissertation, and doctoral study courses
  • Research Forum
  • Residency
  • Writing Intensive

Bachelor’s-Level Course Participation Policy

Participation requirements in all bachelor’s-level courses are contained in the syllabus. Postings to the course’s online discussion board may be required 2–5 calendar days per week for attendance purposes. Because of the short length and intensive nature of the 6-week course, 4–5 calendar days’ weekly participation will be required in most courses, with multiple responses in a single day being necessary for adequate participation in a significant proportion of the assignments.

Tempo Learning®

Students in Tempo programs should refer to the Tempo Learning Addendum.