Credits indicate the quantity of work. The unit of credit is termed an hour. The number of credits carried in each course is indicated after each course title in the curriculum section. One credit ordinarily represents three hours of work each week, including private study and research as well as scheduled class meetings.
Grades and honor points
Intellectual achievement is more important than grades. Grades, however, are necessary for advisory purposes, for determination of the quality of academic achievements and for transfer of credit to other institutions. Grades are designated by letters. In order to compute averages, numerical values called honor points have been assigned to the grades as follows:
Honor points for each credit
|AU||audit (not for credit)|
|W||withdraw without prejudice|
|no grade reported|
Grade point average
The grade point average (GPA) is the ratio of honor points to credits in courses for which the student has received a final grade of A, AB, B, BC, C, CD, D or F. Coursework graded S/U is not included in determining the GPA. Also, coursework transferred from other colleges is not counted in determining the GPA.
The faculties of Saint Benedict's and Saint John's have adopted a Dean's list for each college to recognize student academic achievement each semester. The following criteria are used for inclusion on the Dean's list:
The policy of the colleges concerning the temporary grade I/grade includes the following:
Degree candidates are cautioned that failure to have all degree requirements satisfied (including removal of incomplete grades in courses needed for graduation) by the dates set by the registrar will necessarily postpone their graduation.
Some further considerations:
Students not on academic probation may take a maximum of one course per semester during the sophomore, junior or senior year for which they will receive a grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U). This is in addition to those courses offered only on an S/U basis. The grade of S will be recorded for work meriting letter grades of A, AB, B, BC, C. No credit toward graduation is granted for a course receiving a grade of U.
The courses selected for S/U grading may not include offerings in the student's declared major; required supportive courses for that major; or courses announced for A-F grading only. However, a student who is undecided about or changes a major field may be allowed one course with an S grade toward completion of that major. Courses required for a minor may be taken S/U with permission of the department chair. In a course with standard grading (the option of A-F or S/U), the student may request S/U status up until the deadline specified in the instructor's syllabus (but not later than the end of the semester), after which there can be no change in grade status. Whether the course is S/U or graded, all students must fulfill the same assignments and course responsibilities.
Students may withdraw from courses before the final 16 class days of the semester by completing a "drop" form and filing it with the registrar's Office. All courses dropped after the first four class days require the instructor's signature.
No transcript entry will be recorded for full-semester courses which are officially dropped before the end of the first three cycles of the semester. Courses officially withdrawn from after this date, and before the final 16 class days of the semester, will be recorded on the student's transcript with the grade of W. Withdrawal from a course is not possible during the final 16 class days of the semester. Students who discontinue attending class during this time may be subject to a failing grade at the end of the semester.
For courses scheduled for less than a full semester, withdrawal during the first third of the course will result in no record entry; during the second third, a W entry; during the final third, a failure.
A course which has been failed may be repeated for credit. Courses which have been passed may not be repeated for credit. They may, however, be repeated for additional honor points. In the latter case, although the original grade is not removed from the transcript, it is the higher grade which is computed in the GPA. Credit for a course can be earned only once.
Students are classified as follows:
|0-27 earned credits
28-57 earned credits
Earned credits are credits which have been completed and for which a passing grade has been assigned.