An Explanation of the Grading Scale

The following is an explanation of the grading scale used in graphic design courses. For further questions please contact your professor.

Letter Grade: A

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Excellent Student demonstrates a full understanding of the subject matter, exemplary critical and creative thinking, strong comprehension of design concepts, and highly developed communication and presentation skills. The work is of outstanding quality according to the criteria established for evaluation and exceeds minimum requirements. Student often contributes thoughtful comments and insights based on class materials and relevant current events; has been a catalyst for other student comments as well as instructor response; AND listens to the comments and insights of others with respect and attention. 92 to 100 percent

Letter Grade: A/B

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Very Good Student demonstrates a good understanding of the subject matter, good critical and creative thinking, a good grasp of design concepts, and very good communication and presentation skills. The work is of very good quality according to the criteria established for evaluation and exceeds minimum requirements. Student regularly contributes thoughtful comments and insights based on class materials and relevant current events; sometimes results in student as well as instructor response (overall, quality counts more than quantity); AND listens to the comments and insights of others with respect and attention. 88 to 91 percent

Letter Grade: B

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Good Student demonstrates above average comprehension of the subject matter, above average critical and creative thinking, familiarity with design concepts, and above average communication and presentation skills. The work is of above average quality according to evaluation criteria and meets minimum requirements. Student sometimes contributes comments and insights based on class materials and relevant current events, more often at instructor’s prompting; generally polite but could be more engaged in class discussions. 82 to 87 percent

Letter Grade: B/C

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Satisfactory Student demonstrates an adequate comprehension of the subject matter, slightly above average critical and creative thinking, familiarity with basic design concepts, and average communication and presentation skills. The work is of adequate quality according to evaluation criteria and meets minimum requirements. Student seldom contributes comments and insights of her/his own volition; comments not always relevant to materials or discussion at hand; needs to pay more attention to the contributions of the instructor and peers. 78 to 81 percent

Letter Grade: C

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Acceptable Student demonstrates an acceptable comprehension of the subject matter, average critical and creative thinking, familiarity with basic design concepts, and average communication and presentation skills. The work is of acceptable quality according to evaluation criteria but does not fulfill minimum requirements. Student rarely and reluctantly contributes to class discussions; comments minimal and/or disrespectful; often noticeably disinterested in instructor’s and peers’ contributions. 70 to 77 percent

Letter Grade: D

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Poor Student demonstrates minimal understanding of the subject matter, poorly developed communication skills, inability to apply subject matter understanding in other contexts, and little evidence of critical or creative thinking. The work does not fulfill minimum requirements and is of unsatisfactory but passable quality according to evaluation criteria. Student never contributes to class discussions and/or has demonstrated frequent disrespectful behavior towards instructor and peers. 60 to 69 percent

Letter Grade: F

Characterization Assignments Participation Range
Unacceptable The student shows inadequate understanding of subject matter, fails to complete course requirements, shows no demonstration of critical or creative thinking, and has very poor communication skills. The work is clearly of unacceptable quality according to the evaluation criteria and does not fulfill minimum requirements. Student never contributes to class discussions and/or has demonstrated frequent disrespectful behavior towards instructor and peers. 0 to 59 percent

Incomplete

A grade of incomplete may be granted to students who have suffered serious personal illness or critical emergency circumstances during the academic term, resulting in failure to complete all assignments by the end of the quarter. Documentation from a physician is required and must be attached to the petition for a temporary grade of incomplete. Please see the college catalog for additional information.