Plus / Minus Grading
FAQ


  1. When is plus/minus grading effective?
  2. What is the value assigned to each grade for computing grade point averages?
  3. How does plus/minus grading affect HOPE?
  4. Will plus/minus grading be used to determine academic honors?
  5. Will plus/minus grading impact the Dean's List policy?
  6. How will transfer students' transcripts using plus/minus grading be interpreted?
  7. How will the undergraduate Admissions Office calculate GPA?
  8. How will the graduate Admissions Office calculate GPA?
  9. How will policies which state "a grade of C or better is required" be interpreted?
  10. What courses are covered by the change to plus/minus grading?
  11. Is an instructor for a course required to use plus and minus grades?
  12. Is there a value assigned to each grade on a grading scale of 0-100, e.g., 90 = A-?
  13. Will plus and minus grades be listed on UGA students' transcripts?
  14. What transcript will students use to apply to professional/graduate school?
  15. Why is there no A+ in the new plus/minus grading system?
  16. Will previous coursework (i.e., courses completed up until the current spring semester) be converted to reflect the new plus/minus system?
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  1. When is plus/minus grading effective?
    Summer Semester 2006 (includes Maymester)


  2. What is the value assigned to each grade for computing grade point averages?
    Under the current system, letter grades will correspond to the following:
       A = 4.0
       A- = 3.7
       B+ = 3.3
       B = 3.0
       B- = 2.7
       C+ = 2.3
       C = 2.0
       C- = 1.7
       D = 1.0
       F = 0.0

    Beginning with fall semester 2009, letter grades will correspond to the following:
       A = 4.00
       A- = 3.70
       B+ = 3.30
       B = 3.00
       B- = 2.70
       C+ = 2.30
       C = 2.00
       C- = 1.70
       D = 1.00
       F = 0.00


  3. How does plus/minus grading affect HOPE?
    For the purpose of calculating eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship, the existing grading scale (A,B,C,D,F) will continue to be used. The average will be reported to HOPE authorities as is presently the case.


  4. Will plus/minus grading be used to determine academic honors?
    Yes, plus/minus grading will be used. The UGA work attempted that is included in the overall GPA will include plus/minus grades.


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  6. Will plus/minus grading impact the Dean's List policy?
    The Dean's List policy includes numerical grade point average. This will remain the same. A student's GPA will include any plus of minus grades posted to the transcript.


  7. How will transfer students' transcripts using plus/minus grading be interpreted?
    There will be no change in the way that grades are calculated for those who apply for admission as transfer students.


  8. How will the undergraduate Admissions Office calculate GPA?
    There will be no change in how the undergraduate Admissions Office calculates the GPA for any admission, not just transfer admission. The current system does not consider plus or minus on high school transcripts either.


  9. How will the graduate Admissions Office calculate GPA?
    There will be no change in how the graduate Admissions Office calculates the GPA for any admission.


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  11. How will policies which state "a grade of C or better is required" be interpreted?
    For purposes of University policies or regulations which state that "a grade of C or better is required," a grade of C will be considered a 2.00. This means that for these policies and regulations, a grade of C- will not satisfy the standard. The same is true for rules and regulations that require "a B or better" or "a grade of A." An A- or B- will not satisfy this standard.


  12. What courses are covered by the change to plus/minus grading?
    All undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. The School of Law already operates with a plus/minus system.


  13. Is an instructor for a course required to use plus and minus grades?
    The plus/minus grading system is the official grading system approved by the Board of Regents for a three-year period. It is the only grading system approved for the University of Georgia. All grades for Fall 2006 and throughout the three-year period will be provided in this plus/minus grading system. The assignment of grades in a course is the responsibility of the instructor. The new plus/minus system provides more grade options, but how those options are used is the decision of the instructor.


  14. Is there a value assigned to each grade on a grading scale of 0-100, e.g., 90 = A-?
    There is no grading scale assigned to each grade at the University level.


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  16. Will plus and minus grades be listed on UGA students' transcripts?
    The University of Georgia transcript will include any plus or minus grades that the student earns beginning with 2006 summer terms (including Maymester).


  17. What transcript will students use to apply to professional/graduate school?
    If a transcript is required for professional/graduate school and scholarship applications, the official UGA transcript will be the transcript available for students to include in their applications. It will include any plus or minus grades earned.


  18. Why is there no A+ in the new plus/minus grading system?
    An A+ was not included when the University Council last voted to ask the Board of Regents for permission to adopt a plus/minus grading system. There are many different plus/minus systems at leading state universities. Some include an A+ option and some do not. Universities that include A+ as a grading option often assign it the same value as an A for computing grade point averages.


  19. Will previous coursework (i.e., courses completed up until the current spring semester) be converted to reflect the new plus/minus system?
    No grades previously issued will be converted or changed.


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