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Literal Descriptors of Grades

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College of Graduate Studies and Research Grading System – Literal Descriptors

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Faculty are required to follow the descriptors in the procedural table Relationship between Literal Descriptor and Percentage Score below for appropriate interpretation of performance in graduate course work. Unsatisfactory performance must be reviewed immediately by the Graduate Chair and Advisory Committee.

Relationship between Literal Descriptor and Percentage Score

90-100 Exceptional

A superior performance with consistent strong evidence of

  • a comprehensive, incisive grasp of subject matter;
  • an ability to make insightful critical evaluation of information;
  • an exceptional capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking;
  • an exceptional ability to organize, to analyze, to synthesize, to integrate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently;
  • an exceptional ability to analyze and solve difficult problems related to subject matter

80-89 Very Good to Excellent

A very good to excellent performance with strong evidence of:

  • a comprehensive grasp of subject matter;
  •  an ability to make sound critical evaluation of information;
  •  a very good to excellent capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking;
  • a very good to excellent ability to organize, to analyze, to synthesize, to integrate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently;
  • a very good to excellent ability to analyze and solve difficult problems related to subject matter

70-79 Satisfactory to Good

A satisfactory to good performance with evidence of
  • a substantial knowledge of subject matter;
  • a satisfactory to good understanding of the relevant issues and satisfactory to good familiarity with the relevant literature and technology;
  • satisfactory to good capacity for logical thinking;
  • some capacity for original and creative thinking;
  • a satisfactory to good ability to organize, to analyze, and to examine the subject matter in a critical and constructive manner;
  • a satisfactory to good ability to analyze and solve moderately difficult problems related to the subject matter

60-69 Poor

A generally weak performance, but with some evidence of

  • a basic grasp of the subject matter;
  • some understanding of the basic issues;
  • some familiarity with the relevant literature & techniques;
  • some ability to develop solutions to moderately difficult problems related to the subject matter;
  • some ability to examine the material in a critical & analytical manner

<60 Failure

•    An unacceptable performance.

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