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Grading System & Performance Evaluations

All required courses, with the exception of Laboratory Rotations, Journal Club, Student Seminar, and Teaching Assistantships, are graded on an A/E system.  These exceptions are graded on an S/E system.

A/E System

  • A - Excellent
  • A-
  • B+
  • B - Good
  • B-
  • C - Poor
  • E - Failure
  • I - Incomplete
  • IE - Incomplete and Failure
  • W - Withdrawn
  • N - No Grade Reported

S/E System

  • S - Satisfactory
  • E - Failure
  • I - Incomplete
  • IE - Incomplete and Failure
  • W - Withdrawn
  • N - No Grade Reported

 

 

The minimum passing grades for courses and research carrying credit are C or S.  However, upon receiving one C or lower grade in a course, the student will be put on academic probation and will receive notification from the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education.  If a student receives a second grade of C or lower, the adequacy of the student’s academic performance is reviewed by the Dean and the NGP Director.  It is NGP Policy to dismiss a student upon receiving two grades of C or lower.  For more information, please refer to the Grades Section of the University’s Official Bulletin on Graduate Studies.

Annual evaluations

The NGP Steering Committee reviews the performance of first year graduate students at the end of each semester.  Student progress is evaluated based on grades, instructor feedback, rotation evaluations, rotation reports, oral presentations, performance in journal club and participation. Students may be placed on academic probation or a mentoring plan based on these evaluations.

Second year students and beyond also receive a written evaluation of their performance from their advisor and thesis committee.  After completing the Qualifying Exam, the student must meet with his or her Thesis Committee at least annually and file a written progress report with the Program Director within one week of the committee meeting, but no later than June 1. This report is reviewed by the NGP Director and Steering Committee and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education.  Scheduling thesis committee meetings is the responsibility of the student and should be done in conjunction with the annual student seminar whenever possible.