Coursework is evaluated on the following scale:

Grade Definition Grade Points
A Exceptional 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D Minimally Acceptable 1.0
F Failing 0.0
AU Audit NA
CR Credit NA
I Incomplete NA
IN Incomplete NA
IP In Process NA
N No Grading NA
NR Not Reported NA
S Satisfactory NA
U Unsatisfactory NA
W Withdrawal NA
WZ Audit Withdrawal NA

An instructor has the option of affixing a minus to the grade of A, a plus or a minus to the grades of B and C, and a plus to the grade of D. A plus increases the number of grade points awarded by 0.3, and a minus decreases the number of grade points awarded by 0.3.

All grades are considered final and are not subject to change except for errors in calculation, or as a result of a formal grade appeal process. Contact your SSA for this procedure. The I is changed when work is completed or the deadline has been reached (see: Grade of I).

The GPA is determined by dividing the number of grade points by the number of credits the student has attempted. Courses with the following grades are not included in the GPA calculation: AUCR, I, IP, N, NR, S, U, W, and WZ. When a course is repeated only the last attempt is used in computing the GPA unless the course is designated as repeatable.

The graduate school GPA is calculated only on the basis of credits attempted at the Bethel University Graduate School. In order to receive a graduate degree, the student shall have earned at least a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the major. 

Grade of AU

The grade AU is given when the student audits the course. Students wishing to audit a course must secure the consent of their SSA and the course instructor at the beginning of the term for such enrollment status. Not all courses are available to audit. Auditing at Bethel is defined as observation in the classroom setting. Auditors are required to meet the attendance requirements set by the instructor. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will be graded WZ. Participation beyond attendance in class activities is at the instructor’s option. A student may change to or from audit status with the instructor’s approval only during the first 60% of the course.

Grade of CR

The grade CR is used for coursework that is excluded from GPA calculations.

Grade of I or IN

The grade I or IN is given when a student is unable to complete the course requirements in the regular time due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. The incomplete must be negotiated with and approved by the instructor before a grade of I or IN will be allowed. Remaining work must be of the kind that can be done largely through independent effort. Unless the grade of I or IN is removed by the deadline designated by the instructor, the student will be graded for the course using the default grade designated by the instructor.

The maximum deadline the instructor can assign for the removal of the I or IN grade is three months from the end of the course. Assignment of the maximum deadline or an earlier deadline is at the discretion of the instructor. Students with multiple grades of I or IN may be required to withdraw from their original cohorts and finish their program with another cohort after all grades of I or IN have been resolved.

Incompletes in doctoral individualized projects, internships, or practicums may be handled differently. The following courses have a one year maximum extension: 

EDUC885Individualized Project in Higher Education3-4
EDUC886Principal Internship3
EDUC887Superintendent Internship3
EDUC888Teaching Internship1-4
EDUC889Director of Special Education Internship3
PSYC781Practicum I4
PSYC783Practicum II4
PSYC785Practicum III1-3

Incompletes in a Master’s Capstone are handled differently. The following courses are included in this policy:

EDUC790Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project3
GRTG790Thesis Practicum6
LEAD790MBA/MASL Capstone Delivery1
NURS793Nurse-Midwifery Master's Project2
NURS798Master's Capstone II1
ORGL790Literature Review Portfolio Completion1
PHAS790Evidence-Based Medicine Project/Thesis2
PSYC790Comprehensive Examination3
PSYC792Thesis II3

The incomplete period for a Master’s Capstone will carry no fee for the first two academic terms. Subsequent to these two free terms, students will be automatically enrolled each term for an additional extension until they complete the capstone or reach the maximum time for degree completion. Each additional extension term will carry a fee equivalent to one credit of tuition; registration policies apply to paid extension terms. The full fee will be assessed for the final extension even if the student completes the capstone or withdraws before the full academic term has elapsed.

The maximum total time to complete a master’s degree is five years, including all enrolled terms and extension terms.

Incompletes in a Doctoral Dissertation final phase are handled differently. The following course is included in this policy:

EDUC891Dissertation Phase Two6

The incomplete period for a Doctoral Dissertation final phase will carry no fee for the first 20 academic terms. Subsequent to these twenty free terms, students will have the option to be enrolled each term for an additional extension until they complete the dissertation or reach the maximum time for degree completion. Each additional extension term will carry a fee equivalent to one credit of tuition; registration policies apply to paid extension terms. The full fee will be assessed for the final extension even if the student completes the capstone or withdraws before the full academic term has elapsed.

The maximum total time to complete a doctoral degree is fifteen years, including all enrolled terms and extension terms.

Grades of IP, N, and NR

The grades IP, N, and NR are generated for administrative use only.

Grades of S and U

The S/U grading option is used in designated courses as indicated in the course description. Other courses are graded on an AF basis. The S grade indicates achievement equivalent to at least a grade of B. A student may change to and from AF grading or S/U grading with the instructor’s approval during the first 60% of a course that is designated as “graded on an AF or S/U basis.”

Grade of W

The grade W is given to a student who officially withdraws from a course by the week of the 60% point of the course. Students may withdraw from a course (or change from credit to audit) through the week when 60% of the course has been completed. Course withdrawals are official on the date the request is received by the student success advisor. Any student dropping a course after that time will receive the grade they have earned to that point. If no grade is indicated by the instructor, a grade of F will be assumed. Extenuating circumstances that may warrant exception to the withdrawal policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Appeals Committee. Note that scheduled online sessions count as “class sessions” when determining refunds and grades. Any refund due to withdrawal will be governed by the refund policy (see: Tuition and Fees Refund Schedule).