Grades

The grades utilized by North Central, along with their point values, are as follows:

Grade 




F

Value 




0

    Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the appropriate grade value for grades earned by the number of credits for that class, and then dividing that number by the total number of credits earned (HE). This calculation appears on each transcript - both for the “term” and the “cumulative” enrollment periods. North Central University currently does not utilize pluses (+) or minuses (-) in the calculation of GPA. Only letter grades earned at NCU (including Carlson) influence academic grade point average. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required for graduation from North Central University, with the exception of the Education majors, which require an overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.2. 
    Grades are directly linked to “registration”. Unless a student is properly registered for a class, no credit or grade can be awarded. The last day to add any class in the Registrar’s Office is the end of the first full week of school for the Fall and Spring terms and by the end of the first full day of classes of the first session for the summer term. 
    A student who attends a class and then officially drops it within the tuition refund period will also have the class removed from his/her transcript. (In such cases, a student’s financial aid package may be adjusted.)
 

Incomplete Grades

The grade of “I” (Incomplete) is a temporary grade awarded by the professor which indicates that, for justifiable reasons (i.e., serious illness, death in the family, etc.), the student was unable to complete the work by the end of the registration term. Any student receiving an “I” must work closely with his/her professor to successfully complete and submit to the Registrar’s Office a final grade posting for that class. This means that, together, a shared responsibility exists between student and professor for the fulfillment of course requirements and the submission of an appropriate earned grade within the following time-frame: a Fall “I” has until the grades due date of the Spring semester; a Spring “I” has until the day prior to the first day of classes for the Fall semester; and a Summer “I” has until the grades due date of the Fall semester. 
   For summer and fall incompletes, students must submit all previously incompleted work to their professor by the last day of classes  of the subsequent semester. For spring incompletes, students must submit all previously incompleted work to their professor at the date assigned by the professor. In all cases, professors may require an earlier completion time frame. By default, the grade of “I” will be changed to “IF” 30 days after the term (for financial aid calculation purposes). An “IF” is not subject to future grade changes after the following semester, at which time the “IF” is permanently changed to an “F”. No student with an “I” (or “IF”) for a given semester is eligible for school honors in that semester. Graduating seniors who end their last semester with an “I” must complete all course requirements within the given time-frame in order to receive a diploma.

Pass/Fail Grading Basis

Student teaching, international fieldwork, selected internships, and other courses approved by the Academic Affairs committee may be graded on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis. As of the Fall 2012 semester, a grade of "P" is equivalent to a "C" or better. A "P" grade fulfills the degree requirement but does not carry grade points and is not included in GPA calculations.

Grade Changes

Grade changes will be accepted by the Registrar’s Office only in the cases of documented clerical error, miscalculation or by appeal as a result of extenuating circumstances. A faculty member cannot reassess material and submit a new grade. 
    Re-evaluation of a student’s performance is not considered a legitimate reason for a change of grade. A student may appeal a grade with the faculty member involved through the end of the semester immediately following the one in question (i.e. a professor may only make a change for the preceding semester). A grade change form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office and will include the reason for the change. This policy will be outlined in the Faculty Manual. 
    In extreme cases of extenuating circumstances or information that arises after the grade has been submitted, the appropriate department chair, in conjunction with the faculty member, will review a petition for a change of grade.

Honors

Dean’s List 
Students with a minimum of 12 credit hours and a GPA of 3.5 or above are placed on the Dean’s List for that semester. A grade of Incomplete disqualifies students from the Dean’s List for that semester. 

Honorable Mention 
Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.31 to 3.49 with a minimum course load of 12 credits are given honorable mention for that semester.

Honor Societies

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is a national publication devoted to academically outstanding juniors and seniors. Approximately 40 students are nominated annually from North Central University. Election is based on scholarship, citizenship, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities. Who’s Who is also recognized in the graduation program. 
Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, is open to students majoring or minoring in psychology. 
Alpha Chi is a national honor society, which sponsors special projects and programming. 
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. Candidates for undergraduate membership in Sigma Tau Delta must have completed at least three semesters of college work and a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. They must have a minimum of a B or equivalent grade point average in English and a B or equivalent grade point average in general scholarship. Sigma Tau Delta:

  1. Confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.
  2. Provides, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promotes in surrounding communities interest in literature and the English language.
  3. Fosters all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing.
  4. Promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members.
  5. Exhibits high standards of academic excellence;
  6. Serves society by fostering literacy.

    With over 700 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, there are more than 900 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually. 
    Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.