1. Will all students be affected by the changes in the grading policy at the same time?
Yes. Any changes under the new policy will go into effect for all students in Summer 2014.
2. Will instructors be required to assign plus and minus grades?
No. As was the case in the past with plus grades, the use of plus and minus grades will be at the discretion of the instructor. Students should refer to individual course syllabi to determine how instructors intend to use the grading scale.
3. Baylor's current policy states that students can only retake courses in which they have made a grade of D or F without seeking permission from the appropriate academic dean. Under the new policy, what about grades of C-? Will students be able to repeat courses in which they have made a C- without seeking permission?
Students having earned a C- or lower will be able to repeat the course without seeking permission from the appropriate academic dean.
4. Baylor's current policy states that students may repeat a course in which a grade of "C" was earned with the permission of the appropriate academic dean. Further, the policy states that students may not repeat a course in which a grade of "B" was earned. Under the new policy, what about grades of "C+" or "B-"? May students seek permission to repeat a course in which they earned a "C+" or "B-"?
Students having earned a "C+" or "B-" may seek permission from the appropriate academic dean as they could for a course in which they had earned a "C".
5. How will this change affect the minimum grades necessary for prerequisites? If the prerequisite for a course required a C in the past, will I still need to earn a C or will a grade of C- be sufficient?
Students must still earn the same prerequisite grade(s) for a given course as before. The implementation of minus grades will not change these requirements.
6. If my department wishes to change a prerequisite in light of the new grading scale, what should we do?
Departments that would like to make a change to a prerequisite should begin the Electronic Course Action Request process as soon as possible. These changes will need to be approved by all of the necessary curriculum committees by Monday, February 3, 2014 in order for them to be effective with the Summer 2014 term. For more information about the Electronic Course Action system, click here: www.baylor.edu/provost/index.php?id=73689
7. Who are the members of the Grading Policy Implementation team?
Wes Null, Provost's Office, Chair
Sally Firmin, Academic Support Programs
Krys Goree, School of Education
Jonathan Helm, Office of the Registrar
Deanne Kramer, CASA
Leah Jackson, Law School
Lesa Lawson, Office of the Registrar
Margaret Lemon, ITS
John Lowe, University Libraries
Joyce Miller, University Advisement
Kathleen Morley, IRT
Dennis Myers, School of Social Work
J. T. Rose, Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate
Laine Scales, Graduate School
Barb Symm, HHPR
JoAnn Tsang, Psychology and Neuroscience/Faculty Senate
Dennis Tucker, Truett Seminary
8. How will this change in policy impact grades or grade points that students have earned in the past?
The change in policy will not impact grades or grade point values from the past. The changes will only impact grades for Summer 2014 and thereafter.
9. How does the new grading scale, including available grades and their grade point values, compare to those prior to Summer 2014?
Please refer to the chart available at http://www.baylor.edu/registrar/doc.php/202485.pdf to compare the grades and grade point values used through Spring 2014 to those that will be used beginning in Summer 2014.
10. Which populations of students will be impacted by the changes in grading policy?
The changes in policy will impact undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students.
11. Haven't graduate and seminary courses had the option for "minus" grades for quite some time already?
Although graduate and seminary courses have had the option for minus grades, the numeric grade point values were different from what the Faculty Senate proposed based upon the practices of peer institutions. Therefore, this change will bring these grade point values in line with those proposed by the Faculty Senate and other university bodies.
12. Does the change in numeric grade point values affect what grade I need in order to fulfill graduate school requirements?
You will need to earn a grade of C (2.0) in order for a course to fulfill a graduate school requirement.
13. Does Baylor have a set standard that equates a percentage in a class to a specific letter grade?
No. Equating a percentage in a class to a specific letter grade will vary depending upon instructor, class, and/or college/school.
14. As a student, how will I know if an instructor plans to use minus grades in one of my classes?
Students should check each course syllabus to see if the instructor intends to use minus grades. Instructors are required to include grading scales in their syllabi.
15. As an instructor, what do I need to do if I want to use minus grades in one or more of my classes?
In order to use minus grades, instructors must include minus grades as part of the grading scale that is communicated through course syllabi at the beginning of each semester.
16. Will the GPA requirements for Latin Honors and Dean's List remain the same in the light of the new grading policy?
Yes. The GPA requirements for Latin Honors and Dean's List will remain the same.