Motion: The Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences recommends that the departments of the college shall have the option to report grades for graduate studies including designations of "plus" and "minus." Departments may individually decide whether or not to participate in "plus-and-minus grading." Should a department elect the "plus-minus" option, that option must be available to all graduate programs in the department. (source: Faculty Senate, 11/23/15 approval)
Plus-Minus Grading Questions in Response to Faculty Senate
- Courses offered at a 300/400 level will require separate grading for undergraduate and graduate students and this should be reflected in the syllabus and submitted as a change for the Bulletin.
- If the course is cross-listed with another department or outside program, +/- grading will apply to the departmental listings only for those departments that have voted for +/- grading.
- If the course is not cross-listed, +/- grading will apply to all students registered for the course regardless of their departmental home. The Registrar in recording the grades will convert to the grading scheme of the student’s departmental home. (Note: This is consistent with MSASS’s +/- grading.)
- The same will apply to students in dual programs.
Academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences that award plus-minus grades to graduate students include:
|Fall 2016||ARTH||Art History|
|Fall 2016||ARTS||Art Studio|
|Fall 2016||POSC||Political Science|
|Fall 2016||RLGN||Religious Studies|
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