Grading Policies

The information presented here applies generally to all classes as I try to be consistent in all of my courses. However, by the very nature of some of the curricula, some differences do exist. Those caveats to the below information will be specified on the syllabus for that class. Always rely upon the syllabus first for information as it supersedes this information.

Grading Policy

I will attempt to grade all class assignments and return them to you within a week of submission. You are encouraged to visit my office to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your grades on individual assignments or in the course as a whole. You are strongly discouraged from openly discussing your grades during class sessions.

Letter Grade Scheme:

A 100-94; A- 93-89; B+ 88-86; B 85-82; B- 81-79; C+ 78-76; C 75-72; C- 71-69; D+ 68-66; D 65-62; D- 61-58; F 57-0

Letter Grade Rationale:

Grade reports are provided online to students and advisors at mid-term, at the end of each semester, and at the end of the interterm period. A brief description of letter designations is given below:

 A –  “Superior performance of all required work, or, in some cases, performance beyond that which is actually required.”

 B – “Distinctly good work in all class requirements.”

 C – “Fairly good performance of assigned work.”

 D – “Inferior work”

 F – “Failure to meet minimum performance requirements.”

The grading of journalistic writing is not arbitrary. Therefore, another way to look at how you will be graded is as follows:

A – Copy is publishable with little editing.

B – Copy is publishable with minor editing and revisions.

C – Portions of the copy would need to be rewritten and closely edited before the piece could be published.

D – Copy contains major factual, structural, writing, and usage flaws. It is doubtful whether it could be published. It definitely could not be published without major revision.

F – Copy does not meet even minimal standards for the assignment. This grade also is received if a name is misspelled in the writing. It’s pointless to have written a piece at all if you don’t get details such as this correct.

NOTE: This is NOT an English course. It is imperative for your success in this course that you know the parts of speech, how to write complete sentences and all other elements essential to correct grammar practices. The AP Stylebook should be used for all writing assignments. You are responsible for correct spelling, grammar and AP Style usage from the start of the semester. These elements of writing will be graded, but basic grammar and punctuation will not be taught.