At NHTI, we use a letter grade system in which each grade reflects a level of achievement measured against specific course objectives:
|Letter Grade||Point Equivalent||Definition|
|A||4.0 pts||An honor grade representing achievement of a level of understanding and ability that’s excellent and distinctive|
|B+||3.3 pts||Represents achievement of a level of understanding and ability of consistently high quality|
|C+||2.3 pts||Represents achievement of a level of understanding and ability consistent with those levels required for successful entry into your chosen career field|
|D+||1.3 pts||Represents some evidence of achievement, but substantially below the level required for successful entry into your chosen career field|
|F||0.0 pts||Represents negligible academic achievement. If you receive an “F” grade in a prerequisite to other courses, you will have to repeat the failed course with a passing grade before being eligible to continue with the course sequence.|
|P||Pass (not calculated into GPA)|
|E||Pass grade issued for credit-by-examinations (not calculated into GPA)|
|PP||Provisional pass; warning (not calculated into GPA)|
|NP||No pass; unsatisfactory (not calculated into GPA)|
|I||Incomplete grade, indicates you did not complete a major course assignment because of extraordinary circumstances. Not used to give an extension of time for you to meet course responsibilities. Not calculated into GPA; however, all work must be completed by the end of the third week of the subsequent semester or the grade defaults to an F. See incomplete grades policy.|
|AF||Instructor- or administrator-initiated withdrawal for reasons other than poor grade performance (e.g., failure to meet attendance requirements, violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disruptive behavior, etc.). May be issued if you registered in a clinic, practicum, internship, or lab deemed unsafe or you’re performing in an unsatisfactory manner as determined by a faculty member/agency supervisor evaluation. Calculated in GPA as an F.|
|W||Student-initiated withdrawal from a course at any time prior to completion of the drop deadline (60% of the course); does not affect GPA. Can be initiated by the instructor if you, because of extenuating circumstances (e.g., catastrophic illness or injury, job transfer to another state), are unable to initiate the process.|
|WP||Student-initiated withdrawal from a course after the drop deadline (60%) if you have a passing grade at time of drop, as determined by the instructor. Does not affect GPA. Can be initiated by the instructor if you, because of extenuating circumstances (e.g., catastrophic illness or injury, job transfer to another state), are unable to initiate the process.|
|WF||Student-initiated withdrawal from a course after the drop deadline (60%) if you have a failing grade at time of drop, as determined by the instructor. Calculates in GPA as an F.|
|AU||A course taken as an audit does not earn credit and cannot be used to meet graduation requirements. Admission is by permission of the instructor. Not all courses can be taken as audit. See Audit policy.|
Grade Point Average
The grade point average (GPA) is indicative of the overall quality of your performance. It’s used by academic institutions and prospective employers as a way to quantify academic achievement.
Three factors are used in computing the GPA: credit hours, point value, and letter grade earned. Letters such as A, B, B+, and C have point values.
Example: A student is enrolled in five courses carrying 4, 4, 6, 3, and 5 credits and earns grades of B+, C-, A, D, and C, respectively. Their GPA for the semester is calculated by multiplying the number of credits times the point value, then dividing the sum of the grade points (57.0) by the sum of the credits (22). The student’s GPA is 2.59.
Your cumulative GPA for all semesters at NHTI can be calculated in the same manner by using total credits and total grade points.
Grade Appeal/Grade Change
Any grade appeal must be initiated by a student to the instructor before an ensuing semester has elapsed. Be advised that, in most instances, a grade may be changed only by the instructor; the vice president of Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the only other individual empowered to change a grade and may may do so only in the case of obvious computational error or blatant abuse of the grading prerogative.¹
If you believe you have valid grounds for a grade appeal, use the following steps:
- Meet with the instructor. Contact the faculty member and schedule a meeting within the next 5 work days to discuss the grade appeal and attempt to resolve the conflict.²
- Meet with the program director/department chair. If the issue wasn’t resolved, you have three work days from the date of the decision to file a written appeal with the program director or department chair, or (if the faculty member is the department chair or program director) with the VPAA. Within three work days, the program director/department chair/VPAA will mediate the dispute through discussion with the instructor or with you in the company of the faculty member.
- File a written appeal with the VPAA. If the issue is not resolved in Step 2, you have three work days to file a written appeal with the VPAA. The letter of appeal must include your name and contact information, the course name and number, the semester in which the course was taken, your grade, the name of the instructor issuing the grade, and specific evidence of obvious computational error and/or blatant abuse of the grading prerogative.* The VPAA has 10 work days from receipt of the written appeal to render a decision. The decision of the VPAA is final.
¹This refers to situations in which an instructor has willfully ignored published grading and assessment criteria and/or has exhibited bad faith by acting in violation of published professional/ethical standards for faculty.
²The schedules of the faculty member, department chair, and/or VPAA may not compatible with the times specified. If you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to reach the faculty member, you can contact the Academic Affairs Office. A representative will make every attempt to arrange the required meeting within five work days. You’re advised, however, that it may not be possible in all cases to do so.