Grades

Grades

Students may view and print their term grades through Banner Web, accessed with their Email/LDAP user name and password.  Unofficial transcripts are also available on Banner Web.

Grade Description Points
A
A-
These grades are awarded to students whose level of performance in meeting the requirements of the course is outstanding. These students understand the concepts and the principles of the course and are able to apply them creatively to unfamiliar situations, use correct methods accurately in problem solving, and communicate their findings to others effectively. 4.0
3.7
B+
B
B-
These grades are awarded to students whose level of performance in meeting the requirements of the course is definitely better than average. These students have a good understanding of most or all of the concepts and principles, generally use correct methods, and are usually accurate in their thinking. They do a good, though not superior, job in communicating within the context of the course. 3.3
3.0
2.7
C+
C
C-
These grades are awarded to students whose level of performance is adequate. These students meet the essential requirements of the course and have a basic understanding of course concepts and principles, but have some difficulty applying them correctly. They do a fair job of communicating their ideas. 2.3
2.0
1.7
D+
D
These grades are awarded to students whose level of performance in general is poor but not failing. These students meet minimum course requirements but lack adequate understanding of some concepts and principles and make rather frequent mistakes in applying them. They do a poor job of communicating ideas relating to the course. 1.3
1.0
F This grade is issued to students whose level of performance fails to meet even the minimum requirements of the course. These students fail to grasp most of the essential concepts and principles and make frequent mistakes in applying them. Their performance is definitely unsatisfactory. 0.0
FN A student is issued a grade of FN (failure for non-attendance) if they stopped attending and the last known date of attendance is after the course withdrawal period specified on the academic calendar. 0.0
AU A student is issued the non-punitive grade of Audit (AU) upon submission of "Request to Audit" form during the registration or the add/drop period specified in the academic calendar. 0.0
I A student is issued an Incomplete (I) at the request of the faculty when circumstances outside of the student's control do not allow completion in the normal time period. 0.0
S A student is issued a grade of Satisfactory (S) upon receipt of a satisfactory employer/student evaluation. 0.0
U A student is issued a grade of Unsatisfactory (U) upon receipt of a unsatisfactory employer/student evaluation. 0.0
W A student is issued a non-punitive grade of (W) whenever withdrawing from a course during the course withdrawal period specified on the academic calendar. 0.0
WN A student is issued a grade of WN (withdrawal for non-attendance) if they stopped attending and the last known date of attendance is during the course withdrawal period specified on the academic calendar. 0.0
P, PD, F, EX, NR The thesis project is awarded the grade of Pass (P), Pass with Distinction (PD), Fail (F), Extension (EX), or Not Required (NR) 0.0

Course Hours and Points Definitions

Quality Points = Grade x Credit Hours
GPA = Quality Points ÷ GPA Hours

Attempted hours (AHRS) - the sum of the course credit hours for which a student has registered.  Attempted hours per term is the basis for determining tuition charges and the student load.

Credit hour - one sixty-minute class period per week. For laboratory courses, each credit hour represents two hours of scheduled laboratory work. A student is expected to devote three hours of effort per week for each registered credit hour. For example, a sixteen credit-hour load would require a total of forty-eight hours a week in classes, laboratories, study, and preparation.

Earned hours (EHRS) - work equivalent to that defined for a University credit hour which the student has successfully completed at Kettering University, at another institution, or by examination. Not all earned hours necessarily apply to the specific degree program being pursued by the student.

Grade Point Average (GPA) - computed for each term individually and cumulatively. In either case, the weighted GPA is computed by dividing the total quality points earned by the total quality hours accumulated.

GPA hours (GPA-HRS) - credit-hour value of the course that is awarded only for course work taken at Kettering University. Only course work resulting in GPA hours is used in computing a student’s grade point average (GPA).

Quality Points (QPTS) - computational value used to compute a student’s grade point average (GPA). The quality points earned for a given course are equal to the credit hour value of the course multiplied by the numerical equivalent of the letter grade.

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Grade Appeal Process

The course instructor has the authority and obligation to assign appropriate grades in any course. Questions concerning an assigned final grade are to be handled through the grade appeal process. The first level in this process involves contacting the course instructor in writing. 

The process is initiated by completing a Grade Appeal Form. Each student must complete the appeal form and attach any pertinent documentation to support his/her claim. Appeals should be initiated as soon as possible but no later than one term after the grade has been posted. The student’s failure to access grades does not provide an exemption from the time limitation. The course instructor should respond within two (2) weeks of the student’s request for grade modification.

Students who are not satisfied with the decision of the course instructor to whom they appealed may subsequently appeal to the course instructor’s Department Head within 30 days of the course instructor’s response. The Department Head must respond in writing to the student with a copy to the course instructor within 30 days of receipt of the appeal. The Department Head will serve as a mediator between the student and the course instructor but cannot change a grade. 

Students may submit a final appeal to the Dean under the following conditions:

  • Final course grades may be appealed only if the student can demonstrate that the grading policy applied to his/her grade does not conform with the stated grading policy of the course instructor. The absence of a grading policy will be considered reasonable grounds for appeal.
  • The only legitimate grounds for second level appeal are arbitrariness, prejudice, or error, as applied to a specific student.
  • Final appeals are restricted to cases in which the Department Head disagrees with the course instructor’s decision.

When a final appeal is initiated, the Dean (or designee) will convene an appeal board comprised of the following members:  one tenured faculty member from the course instructor’s department, chosen by the course instructor; one tenured faculty member from the course instructor’s department, chosen by the Department Head; one tenured faculty member from outside the course instructor’s department, chosen by the Chair of the Promotion, Tenure and Ethics (PTE) Committee; and the Dean (or designee), who does not vote, but chairs the board and handles all administrative matters.  If the Appeal Board chooses to override the course instructor’s grade, they can only do so by changing the grade to a “P” for passing. The Dean will provide a written overview of the Appeal Board’s decision to all involved parties.  Appeal Board actions represent a final University decision.

Students who are dismissed or suspended for non-academic reasons should refer to the Student Handbook for appeal procedures.

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Grade Changes

Grades (except incompletes) reported by an course instructor are considered permanent and final. However, requests for a change of grade after a course instructor reports a final grade will be honored to correct an error in calculating or assigning that grade.  To facilitate this process, the course instructor will submit to the Registrar a grade change form noting the rationale for the change and what retroactive correction is to be made.  This form must be countersigned by the course instructor’s Department Head.  Grade changes must be processed within one calendar year (12 months) from the last date of the term in which the course was taken.  This includes incomplete grades that have been changed to a grade or have converted to a failing grade. Grade changes are not permitted after a degree has been awarded. 

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Auditing a Course

Occasionally, a student may wish to attend a course without earning credit (for example, to refresh course knowledge). This arrangement is called “auditing” a course.  Audited courses are listed on the students’ official transcript with the grade AU (audit) and no credits earned. 

A student needs the course instructor’s permission to audit a course. Students who want to audit a course must complete a Request to Audit Course Form, have it signed by the course instructor, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the drop/add period specified on the academic calendar. Audits cannot be changed to a regular enrollment after the drop/add period noted on the academic calendar. Audited courses do not count toward completing program or degree requirements. 

Students who choose an audit option are expected to attend the audited class and complete all course requirements (with the exclusion of the tests).  If the students do not meet attendance requirements for the course, they earn the grade of WN (withdrawn for non-attendance). Once a WN grade is issued, the student may no longer attend or participate in the class.  AU and WN grades do not affect the term and cumulative grade point averages. 

Audited courses incur regular tuition fees; however, audits are not considered part of a course load for academic or financial aid purposes, which means that students cannot count audited credits toward a full-time student status or receive financial aid for an audited class. 

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Incomplete Grades

The grade of "I" (Incomplete) may be issued by a course instructor for any course in which the course instructor deems that the work has not been completed and that it would be fair and equitable to allow the student additional time to complete the work.  The conditions and terms for completion of the course are mutually agreed upon by the course instructor and the student.  The deadline for completion is at the discretion of the course instructor but is not to exceed six months from the last day of the term in which the course was registered.  If a final grade is not submitted within six months, the incomplete grade converts to an “F” (Fail) on the student’s record and will be reflected in the students’ GPA.   The grade of “F” will be considered a permanent grade. 

In rare instances, the incomplete grade may be extended by the course instructor for up to an additional six months, or one calendar year from the end of the term in which the course was registered.  To initiate an extension, the course instructor will notify the Office of the Registrar in writing.  The course instructor is under no obligation to grant an extension.  If a final grade is not submitted within the six month extension period, the incomplete grade converts to an “F” (Fail) on the student’s record and will be reflected in the students’ GPA.   The grade of “F” will be considered a permanent grade. 

A written agreement must be developed between the course instructor and the student to clarify a plan for completion of the course. The student initiates this agreement by completing an Incomplete Grade Agreement Form after the incomplete grade has been issued by the course instructor. The form will be filed in the Office of the Registrar as official documentation of the agreement.

Students should note that an incomplete grade does not yet reflect credit in the course. This means if a course with an incomplete grade is a prerequisite for another course, they may not register for the other course until the incomplete grade has been changed to reflect a passing grade. Prerequisite overrides are granted at the discretion of the Department Head for the course.   

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Final Examinations

Kettering University policy requires each student to participate in a comprehensive final learning experience in each course. The extent to which that experience contributes to the student's course grade may vary by course instructor and by course, but generally amounts to between 20 and 40 percent.

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Dean’s List

The Dean's List recognizes overall academic performance based upon the student’s term grade point average (GPA). To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must satisfy the following requirements: be a degree-seeking student with a minimum term grade point average of 3.5, no grades below B, and a minimum of 16 earned credits for the term.

After each term grading process is complete, eligible students are recognized on the Registrar's website and in a hallway cabinet display outside the Provost's Office.  Dean’s List eligibility for each term is reflected on student transcripts.

Questions:  Contact the Office of the Registrar

Honor Societies 

Alpha Pi Mu is a national industrial engineering honor society. The eligibility of industrial engineering students is based upon superior scholarship and character of a fiduciary nature. Members of Alpha Pi Mu work responsibly to further the ideals and aims of the engineering profession.

Eta Kappa Nu is a national electrical and computer engineering honor society and has its Theta Epsilon Chapter at Kettering. Electrical engineering students who rank in the top quarter of their class are admitted after their junior year. Students ranking in the top third of their class are admitted after they become degree seniors.

Gamma Sigma Alpha is a national honor society that promotes intellectual interaction between Greek students and the academic community.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national honor society recognizing scholarship in the field of chemistry has its Eta Beta Chapter at Kettering University. Its aim is to promote professionalism and scholarship in chemistry and the general welfare of its members.

Kappa Mu Epsilon was founded to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. This is fostered by activities such as outside speakers, films, student presentations, and participation in events such as National Mathematics Awareness Week.

National Order of Omega is a national honor society for fraternity members who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-Greek activities.

Phi Eta Sigma, a national freshman honor society. To become a lifetime member, a student must qualify during one of the two freshman semesters. Normally about 5 percent of the class will achieve this scholastic honor.

Pi Tau Sigma, a national mechanical engineering honor society, selects members from the top-ranked junior and senior students on the basis of personality, leadership, and probable future success in mechanical engineering. The largest local chapter of this society is Kettering’s Delta Chi Chapter.

Professional Leadership Honor Society Professional Leadership Honor Society, formerly Management Honor Society is an organization comprised of upperclassmen who have demonstrated leadership potential as evaluated by the management of their co-op employer. All members are appointed for one academic year. Activities consist of lunch and dinner meetings each year.  Speakers are leading executives in industry and business. Members are given an opportunity to ask questions of these top executives and become acquainted with their ideas, backgrounds, and managerial philosophies. 

Rho Lambda is a national honor society recognizing Panhellenic women with the highest qualities of leadership and service to their sorority.

Robots This honor society was organized in 1928 for the purpose of giving recognition to those students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, citizenship, and service to the Kettering community. Scholastic standing is an added criterion for election.

Sigma Alpha Chi is a Kettering scholastic honor society founded in 1970 for the purpose of recognizing high scholarship among management students at Kettering.

Sigma Pi Sigma is a national honor society which exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics. Membership is open to any student who has completed at least four courses in physics at Kettering, who ranks in the top third of their graduating class. Membership in the Society of Physics Students is also required.

Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society and has its Michigan Zeta Chapter at Kettering. This association offers appropriate recognition to engineering students for scholarship and exemplary character.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an international computer science honor society and has its Michigan Epsilon chapter at Kettering. Its mission is to recognize academic excellence in computer science. Students qualify for membership as seniors by being in the top third of computer science majors in their graduating class.