ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

ACADEMIC POLICIES

Quality Point System
The quality point system is used for determining GPAs, as follows:

A = 4.0       C = 2.0
A- = 3.67 C- = 1.67
B+ = 3.33 D+ = 1.33
B = 3.0 D = 1.0
B- = 2.67 E = 0.0
C+ = 2.33

No other letters carry quality point value.

Term GPA
A student's term GPA is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours attempted in one semester. Only grades carrying quality points are included.

For example, consider a student with the following courses and grades at the end of a semester:

Example

Course

Grade

Credit

Quality
Point Value

 

Quality
Points

MAT 161      B-      4        (x2.67) =   10.68
SOC 101      A      3        (x4) =   12.00
ENG 250      E      3        (x0) =     0
HEW 101      C      1        (x2) =     2.00
PHI 220      D+      3        (x1.33) =     3.99
   14   28.67


The student has attempted 14 credit hours, successfully completed 11, and earned 28.67 quality points. The formula for computing this student's term average follows:

28.67/14 = 2.04
(Term Quality Points/Term Credit Hours) = (Term GPA)

If the student had taken an additional 3-credit-hour course, DES 371, and received a P grade, the average would not change. If the student received an F grade in DES 371 using the pass-fail option, the average would not change.

Cumulative GPA
A student's cumulative GPA is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours attempted in all semesters of attendance at Buffalo State. As with the semester GPA, only grades carrying quality points are included. Courses taken at other institutions are not included.