When is plus/minus grading effective?
The new grading system for undergraduate students begins with the Fall 2013
What is the value (quality points) assigned to each grade for undergraduate students in computing grade point averages?
A = 4.00
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.00
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33
C = 2.00
D = 1.00
F = 0.00
How does plus/minus grading affect scholarships?
For the purpose of calculating eligibility for scholarships, the required term
and cumulative GPA will continue to be used. This will include any plus/minus
Will plus/minus grading be used to determine academic honors?
Yes - plus/minus grading will be used in the calculation for any and all academic honors including all attempted course work. These types of honors include Dean’s List, degrees with distinction (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude), and for the University Honors Program.
How will transfer students' transcripts
using plus/minus grading be interpreted?
There will be no change in the way grades are calculated for those who
apply for admission as transfer students. A minimum grade of “C” or higher is
required for a course to be considered for transfer to NIU.
How will the undergraduate Admissions
Office calculate GPA?
There will be no change in how the undergraduate Admissions Office calculates
the GPA for any admission, not just transfer admission. The current policy does
not consider plus or minus on high school transcripts.
How will policies which state “a grade
of ‘B’ or better is required" be interpreted?
For purposes of University policies or regulations, grades of A, A-, B+ and B
will satisfy a requirement which states that "a grade of “B” is required.
Note that a grade of “B-“ will not satisfy this standard.
What courses are covered by the change
to plus/minus grading?
All undergraduate courses, except those covered by S/U grading.
Is an instructor for a course required
to use plus and minus grades?
The plus/minus grading system is the official grading system approved by the
university beginning Fall 2013 for undergraduate students (a separate +/-
grading system for graduate students began in Fall 2012). The methodology for
the assignment of grades in a course is the responsibility of the instructor,
as defined in the course syllabus. The new plus/minus system provides more
grade options, but how those options are utilized is the decision of the
instructor. Multisection courses are expected to require similar levels of
competence in all sections.
plus and minus grades be listed on NIU students' transcripts?
Both the official and unofficial transcript issued from Northern Illinois
University will include any plus or minus grades that an undergraduate student
earns beginning with the Fall 2013 semester and henceforward.
Why is there no A+ , C-, D+ or D- in the new undergraduate plus/minus grading
system? The decision not to include these options in the new
grading system was made by both the Admissions Policies and Academic Standards
Committee (APASC) and the Undergraduate Coordinating Council (UCC).
Will any of my grades be changed from
previous semesters? Will there be any changes to my current cumulative Grade
Point Average (GPA)?
All grades and current cumulative GPA will not be changed. These grades are part of students' academic history and will remain as is on the official transcript.
Beginning in Fall 2013 semester, any and all grades received (including +/-)
will be listed on students' transcripts and calculated for both the term and