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Theology Department's Grading Guidelines
(Approved by the Theology Department: on 20 March 2002 and 22 August 2005.)
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Grades indicate a professor's assessment of a student's academic performance and not a student's effort. Grades are not an entitlement. You have to earn your grade for this course.

(I) Letter Grades and Plus/Minus Scale

In accordance with University policy and the Theology Department grading guidelines, letter grades in undergraduate theology courses mean the following:

A: Exceptional academic performance (that is, uncommonly high academic achievement, which demonstrates mastery of the subject matter, uncommon skills in critical analysis and effective communication, and imagination).

B: Good academic performance (that is, high quality academic achievement; demonstrated competency in the discipline above the average or standard).

C: Satisfactory academic performance (that is, academic achievement that meets an average or standard level of competency in the discipline).

D: Minimal academic performance, sufficient to pass.

F: Failure.

This course uses the following plus/minus grading scale:

A (94-100) B+ (90-91) C+ (82-83) D+ (74-75) F (0-67)
A- (92-93) B (87-89) C (79-81) D (71-73)
B- (84-86) C- (76-78) D- (68-70)

(II) The Grading of Class Participation

A: The student is consistently well prepared for class, actively listens, and contributes thought provoking insights.
B: The student is prepared for class and demonstrates thoughtful engagement with the material.
C: The student is inconsistently prepared for class and is infrequently engaged with the material.
D: The student is minimally prepared for class and shows a lack of interest in the course material.
F: The student shows a lack of interest in the course, is frequently late or absent, and regularly demonstrates a lack of commitment to the class.

(III) The Grading of Written Assignments
(including Research Papers & Extra Credit Papers)

Grades reflect the accuracy, coherence, clarity, and completeness of your written assignments. In grading your assignments, the following elements will be evaluated:
  1. comprehension of the materials under consideration,
  2. ability to articulate one's understanding with clarity,
  3. correct usage of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation,
  4. organization of material,
  5. ability to establish relationships and synthesize ideas, and
  6. ability to reflect on the material with an eye to raising serious, critical questions.

Revision 4.0.0004. Originally created: 29 March 2005. Last updated: 13 January 2009.
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