IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Grading and Grade Point Average

In addition to the traditional A-B-C-D-F grades, instructors at IAIA have the option of assigning “+” and “-” grades as well.

GRADE QUALITY POINTS
A+ 4.00
A 4.00
A- 3.67
b+ 3.33
b 3.00
b- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67
F 0.00

CALCULATING YOUR GPA:

Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of Quality Points you earned by the number of Quality Hours you attempted in courses in which grades of A+ through F are assigned.

Example of calculating your GPA:

GPA CALCULATION
SUBJECT CREDIT GRADE QUALITY
HOURS EARNED POINTS
ENGL 101 3.00 B+ (3.33) 9.99
FUND 101 3.00 A- (3.67) 11.01
FUND 212 3.00 C+ (2.33) 6.99
BOTN 101 4.00 B- (2.67) 10.68
MATH 102 3.00 A (4.00) 12.00
  • Add the Credit Hours: 3 + 3 + 3 + 4 + 3 + = 16.00 hours
  • Determine your total Quality Points: For each course, multiply the number of Credit Hours for that course times the number of Quality Points indicated on the grading scale above. Example: ENGL101 is a 3.00 credit hour course. Multiply 3.00 credit hours x 3.33 (the Quality Points for a B+); the product will be 9.99 Quality Points earned for ENGL101.
  • Add the Quality Points for all courses: 9.99 + 11.01 +
    1. + 10.68 + 12.00 = 50.67 Quality Points.
  • Divide the total Quality Points by the total Credit Hours to determine your GPA: 50.67/ 16 = 3.1668 = 3.1668 =
    1. (GPA is carried to two decimal places, with no rounding).

NOTES:

  • Developmental courses are excluded from the GPA.
  • The first attempts of courses that have been repeated are excluded from the cumulative GPA.
  • Students must receive a C (2.0) or better in the following courses in order to advance to the next level:

all 451 Senior Project 1 classes all 452 Senior Project 2 classes

CRWT250 Thesis I

CRWT450 Thesis II LIBS103 Freshman Seminar ENGL098

ENGL099

ENGL101

ENGL102

MATH098

MATH099

MATH103

INCOMPLETE

An incomplete grade is given for work in a course that a student is passing but could not complete due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. An Incomplete Form must be completed by the instructor, signed by the Academic Dean, and submitted to the Registrar at the end of the semester. Reasons for an incomplete usually are limited to documented medical, family, or personal emergencies. The following rules apply to an incomplete:

  • Incompletes for non-graduating students must be completed during the first semester following the semester in which the incomplete was issued. An exception will be made for incompletes issued in the Spring semester, which must be completed in the Fall rather than the Summer semester following the semester in which the incomplete was issued. The instructor may specify a shorter time in which the student must complete the work.
  • Incompletes for potential graduating candidates must be completed by the Friday of midterm week following the fall or spring semester in which the incomplete was issued. The instructor may specify a shorter time in which the student must complete the work.
  • An incomplete will be changed to a letter grade when the student completes the work in a manner acceptable to the instructor. A signed Assignment of Grade form must be submitted to the Registrar in order to change an incomplete to a letter grade.
  • An incomplete which is not changed within the specified period of time automatically becomes an “F” and is recorded on the student’s record and calculated into both the student’s semester and cumulative grade point averages.
  • A student may petition the Academic Dean for an extension of time in which to complete the work no later than the Friday of mid-term week the semester immediately following the incomplete. Extensions will only be granted in extreme circumstances.
  • Students are responsible for making arrangements with the instructor for the removal of the incomplete. A student should not register for the incomplete course again unless the time to complete the work has expired and the student has received an “F”.
  • In no case may an incomplete be used to avoid the assignment of “D” or “F” grades for marginal or failing work.

HONORS BASED ON GRADE POINT AVERAGE

IAIA recognizes students who excel academically each semester. Students may qualify for one or more of the honors listed below if they meet the requirements. Honor lists are published at the end of each semester.

President’s Honor List
Students who enroll in 12 or more credits in their degree requirements each semester and achieve a 4.00 grade point average at the end of the semester will be placed on the President’s Honor List.

Dean’s Honor List
Students who enroll in 12 or more credits in their degree requirements each semester and achieve a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 at the end of the semester will be placed on the Dean’s Honor List.

Graduation honors
Students whose cumulative grade point average falls within a certain range will graduate with honors. A notation to that effect will appear on the student’s transcript and the graduation program.

Highest Honors 4.00
High Honors 3.75 to 3.99
Honors 3.50 to 3.74

GRADE DISPUTES

Students may dispute a final grade if they believe an instructor has miscalculated the grade according to the requirements set up in the syllabus for the course. If a student believes this to be the case, he/she must take the following steps:

  1. Student must provide written explanation of a dispute with evidence of disputed grades to the instructor of the course within the first month of the immediately following semester. The only exception to this is summer semester in which all faculty may not be available. In that case, the dispute process may begin in the falls semester. Within five working days, the instructor will provide the student with a written response to the dispute. If the instructor was an adjunct faculty member who is no longer available, the student may begin with the Chair of the Department (see Step 2) instead of the instructor.
  1. If the student is still unsatisfied, within five working days of the instructor’s response, the student may take the written dispute with the instructor’s response to the Chair of the department in which the disputed grade took place. Within five working days, the Chair will provide the student with a written response to the dispute. Additionally, if the instructor of the course is also the Chair of the department, the student can skip this step and move to step 3.
  1. If the student is still unsatisfied, within five working days of the ad hoc committee’s
    response the student may take the written dispute with all responses to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will consider the materials and make a final decision concerning the matter. The Academic Dean will provide the student with a written response that indicates the final decision.

NOTE: Grade disputes based on discrimination or sexual harassment should be handled through the Student Appeals Committee established in the Student Handbook.