UMass Sesquicentennial

Grading Guidelines

Your grades will be determined using the criteria described below. Projects will be evaluated according to the concept, development, craft, and degree of difficulty and completeness. Your evaluation will take into account both the tangible things which are evident in the work, but also those things which are not so evident and are often ephemeral such as, passion, dedication, determination and persistence. The following standards will be used in assigning grades:

A
Truly extraordinary work, which has gone far beyond the description of the stated problem. Work that makes evident a significant understanding of the problem, shows exceptional competence in the required skills, extraordinary craft and exhibits an advanced conceptual clarity and depth. The student exhibits an attitude of exploration, of open-mindedness, and a willingness to benefit from criticism.

A- or B+

Exemplary work, which is attended with initiative beyond the description of the stated problem. The problem is well understood and the work shows competence, excellent craft and conceptual clarity and depth. The student exhibits an attitude of exploration, of open-mindedness, and benefits from criticism.

B
Good work that shows an understanding of the problem, displays a conceptual foundation and is well crafted. Shows overall competency, as well as, mastery in some areas. Is attended with an open and inquisitive attitude.

B- or C+

Acceptable work but with some deficiencies. Shows an understanding of the problem, but there is a need for some improvement to be at the appropriate level for the class / assignment.

C
Work which meets the minimum requirements of the problem and course. The problem is only partially understood and there is a clear need for improvement to be at the appropriate level for the class / assignment. Students should make every effort to meet with their instructor to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

C- or D+
Work which does not show an understanding of the problem, and demonstrates deficiencies in the mastery of skills, self-motivation and respect for criticism. Students should meet with the professor and discuss their course of study.

D

Unacceptable work which does not meet the requirements of the problem or course, shows a serious deficiency in the mastery of skills, and suggests that this course of study may be inappropriate for the student.

F
A grade of “F” is obvious

LATE / INCOMPLETE WORK
Students may be given an extension in the event of medical or emergency circumstances only. Late work will only be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. Incompletes will only be considered if a request is made in writing, the extenuating circumstances are explained and are consistent with University policies.