Online and Continuing Education

Academic Grades

A student’s academic achievement is recorded on the permanent academic record in terms of the following grades:

A, A- Excellent comprehension of the material and exceptional performance.
B+, B, B- Above average capability and better than normal performance.
C+, C, C- Adequate understanding of the material and acceptable performance.
D+, D Marginal comprehension of the material and below average performance.
F Inability to deal successfully with the material and inadequate performance.
M Student has mastered the goals set forth in a course in which the instructor has opted to use mastery grading procedures.
S "Satisfactory." Acceptable understanding of the material and adequate performance. Equivalent to a C or better. There is no GPA calculation for this grade.
U "Unsatisfactory." Marginal comprehension of material and inadequate performance. Equivalent to a C-minus or poorer. Counts as zero quality points in GPA calculation.

Additional Transcript Designations

While not grades per se, the following designations are used on academic records in lieu of grades in certain instances:

I Work incomplete. An incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor when the quality of work is satisfactory but the course requirements have not been completed for reasons of health or other circumstances beyond the student's control, as determined by the instructor. An incomplete must be completed before graduation.
  Each incomplete assigned must be accompanied by a contract statement agreed to by both the instructor and the student and must include the following:
  (1) What work remains to be completed;
  (2) How the work is to be evaluated;
  (3) A deadline for completion of the work, which can be no later than the following:
 

(a) April 15 for an incomplete given in a course taken the previous fall semester or January term, and

 

(b) November 15 for an incomplete given in a course taken the previous spring semester or summer term. Each incomplete must be accompanied by a contingency grade, in the computation of which the instructor has assigned a failing grade to the work not completed. This contingency grade will be the grade finally recorded for the course if the Registrar or Registration Office does not receive another grade by the contract deadline.

IP In progress. An in progress designation is used for thesis, research, independent study, internships, community service, and Athletic Training Professional Experience I, II, III, IV, V, VI, when a continuing project must be extended for legitimate reasons beyond the semester or term. The extension may not exceed an additional semester without approval of the Curriculum Committee. If the work is not completed within the stipulated time, as noted by the instructor, the instructor may report a grade in lieu of the F that will otherwise automatically be assigned with failure to complete the course.
AUD Audit signals regular attendance and participation in the course. No credit hours are earned for auditing courses.
CE Credit earned by examination.
W Withdrawal. This designation is given when prior to a published deadline the student so requests. No quality points are entered into the student's GPA.
AW Administrative withdrawal. This designation is entered on the record by the Registrar or Registration Office in the case of a student who is officially registered in a course but who has not attended the class and not requested to withdraw. No quality points are entered into the student's grade point average (GPA).

Changing of Grades

Once recorded on the academic record, a grade may be changed only at the request of the faculty member, by the Vice President of Academic Affairs as a result of a formal grievance process, or by the Registrar or Registration Office in order to correct a clerical error or update the transcript in the event that a course is repeated.

Academic Grievances

Academic grievances concerning teaching and learning should be settled as close to the level of student-faculty contact as possible. If students believe they have been treated arbitrarily or capriciously by an instructor in a grade assigned or other ways, they should first talk to the instructor. If the matter remains unresolved, they should speak with the chair of the instructor’s department or, in the case of a nursing course, the appropriate semester coordinator. After this, if the matter is still unresolved, nursing students should speak with the Dean of Nursing; OCE students should speak with the Director of Online and Continuing Education. Finally, if the matter has not been resolved by the above means, students may discuss the matter with the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. All grievances concerning grades must be filed by the end of the next semester after the grade is posted. In the case that a student is studying abroad the next semester, the grievance must be filed by the end of the next semester after the student returns.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA falls below the 2.00 minimum requirement, or when in two consecutive semesters (excluding the January term and summer term) the student’s GPA falls below 2.00. The cumulative GPA is based on the following policy for Adult Degree Program (OCE) students:

The cumulative GPA is evaluated at the end of fall and spring semesters, Winter term, and summer term and students are notified of their academic status. Students on academic probation will have 12 semester credits (the equivalent of a full load) in which to bring both the semester and the cumulative GPA to 2.00 or greater.

Acumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater is also the standard used to determine normal academic progress as defined by the Student Policies Committee. For any further inquiries about the academic probation policy, students should contact the Registrar or Registration Office appropriate to their program.

Applicants unable to meet the minimum admission standards set by the faculty may be provisionally admitted. Students who are provisionally admitted shall have one full year in which to establish good academic standing.

Academic Suspension

Each Linfield College program evaluates academic suspension at the end of the semesters or terms listed in the academic probation policy. As established by the Linfield College faculty, students shall be suspended from the college if they fail to bring both the semester and cumulative GPA to the 2.00 minimum requirement within 12 semester credits for OCE students.

Further, any full-time student whose GPA is less than 0.50 after the first semester at Linfield shall be suspended immediately. Students are notified of their academic suspension status by mail immediately after the appropriate semester or term. For any further inquiries about the academic suspension policy, students should contact the Registrar or Registration Office appropriate to their program.

Academic Suspension Appeal

Suspended students shall have the right to a Student Policies Committee review provided they submit an appeal. Students may submit an academic suspension appeal letter via the Registrar or Registration Office appropriate to their program. In addition to the appeal letter, students may ask that any Linfield College faculty member or administrator submit a letter of support on their behalf. The support letters should be submitted to the Registrar or Registration Office appropriate to their program. The Linfield College Registrar will present student suspension appeal letters from all three programs to the Student Policies Committee for review. Each registration office will notify the student of the committee decision at the earliest possible date. For any further inquiries about the academic suspension appeal policy, students should contact the Registrar or Registration Office appropriate to their program.

Academic Standing

A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater is also the standard used to determine normal academic progress as defined by the Student Policies Committee.

Academic Classification

First-year: Successful completion of 0-29.99 credit hours

Sophomore: Successful completion of 30-61.99 credit hours

Junior: Successful completion of 62-93.99 credit hours

Senior: Successful completion of 94 or more credit hours

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

To earn a bachelor’s degree a candidate must have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. In addition, a student must obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses contributing to the major. Additional majors and minors are subject to the same 2.00 cumulative GPA requirement. Departments may have additional GPA requirements.

For purposes of computing the grade point average (GPA), quality points are awarded as follows:

Grade Quality Points   Grade Quality Points
A 4   C- 1.7
A- 3.7   D+ 1.3
B+ 3.3   D 1
B 3   F 0
B- 2.7   M NA
C+ 2.3   S NA
C 2   U 0

Honors

Alpha Sigma Lambda

Founded in 1945, Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society which recognizes the achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while balancing competing interests of home and work, The Linfield College Online and Continuing Education Program’s Pi Lambda chapter was chartered in April 2012. New members are elected to the chapter each year from among those students seeking a bachelor’s degree from the Online and Continuing Education Program who (1) have earned a minimum of 24 credits at Linfield, (2) are in the top 20% of all OCE students who meet the 24 credit criterion, and (3) have a Linfield GPA of at least 3.50.