Q: When will the new policy take effect?
A: The new policy will apply to all courses in the fall 2016 semester.
Q: I began as a student before the fall 2016 semester. Will the grades that I have earned be affected by this policy?
A: No. The policy applies only to courses offered in the fall 2016 and later. For example, if you earned a “B” in a spring 2015 course, it will not change to a “B-“ or a “B+”.
Q: I am a graduate student. How will this affect me?
A: The new policy applies to graduate students the same way it applies to undergraduate and professional pharmacy students.
Q: I am a student in the Law School. How will this affect me?
A: The Law School follows its own grading scheme. Contact the Law School for more information.
Q: Will all courses at Drake use the +/- system?
A: All instructors will have the option to incorporate + and – grades into their grading scales beginning with fall 2016 courses.
Q: Are all instructors required to offer + and – grades?
A: No. Instructors control the grading scheme of their courses, and some schemes may not include + or – grades.
Q: Will transfer credits be affected?
A: No. The minimum grade that must be earned for Drake to accept transfer credit is a “C-“.
Q: What about repeating courses?
A: The policy regarding repeating courses still applies. For example, if you earned a “B” in a spring 2015 course and then earned a “B-“ when you repeated that same course in fall 2016, the “B” would remain expressed on your transcript while the “B-“ would be changed to “XX”.
Q: If I earned an ‘incomplete’ for a course taken before fall 2016, but I complete my coursework during the fall 2016 semester, can I earn a + or – grade for that course?
A: No, because the course was offered in a semester prior to the fall 2016 semester.
Q: How will this affect my grade point average?
A: Grades will be assigned a corresponding quality point value according to the table below.