Grading Policy Change - Effective Summer 2014

Grading Policy Change to Take Effect in Summer 2014

Begining with the Summer 2014 term, Baylor University will adopt a new grading scale that will include minus grade options for undergraduate courses. Since the late 1970s, Baylor's undergraduate grading scale has included grades of B+ and C+, but no corresponding minus grades. In addition, the changes in the grading scale will lead to consistent grades and grade point values between undergraduate, graduate, and seminary courses. The reasons behind the change are to bring Baylor in line with the grading scales of other universities, to provide faculty with additional flexibility in the grades they record for students, and to provide greater consistency across the University.

Timeline for Approval of Grading Policy Change

Summer 2014 - First term in which the new grading scale will take effect.

March 26, 2013 - First meeting of the Grading Policy Implementation Team.

February 1, 2013 - Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis asks Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Wes Null to establish a Grading Policy Implementation Team that will be charged with implementing the new grading scale that includes minus grades and adjusted grade point values.

January 30, 2013 - Graduate Curriculum Committee votes in favor of bringing grade point values for graduate course grades in line with the scale approved by the UUCC, Student Senate, Faculty Senate.

January 25, 2013 - Baylor University Student Senate votes to support the grading scale change.

November 13, 2012 - After receiving the report from the UUCC, Faculty Senate approves undergraduate grading scale change.

February 9, 2012 - University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee submits a report to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Wes Null and recommends that the University adopt an undergraduate grading scale that includes minus grades.

August 2011 - February 2012 - University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) studies the possibility of adding minus grades to Baylor’s undergraduate grading scale.