Friday
12/07/18

UB Grading: Letter Grades and their Grade Point Values

Posted December 7, 2018 in Grading

UB Grading diagram: Letter Grades and their Grade Point Value

Explanation of UB Letter Grades and Grade Point Values

For grading purposes each letter grade has a specific grade point value:

A = 4.00  (High Distinction)

A- = 3.67 (High Distinction)

B+  = 3.3 (Superior)

B = 3.00 (Superior)

B- = 2.67 (Superior)

C+ = 2.33 (Average)

C = 2.00 (Average)

C- = 1.67 (Average)

D+ = 1.33 (Minimum Passing Grade)

D = 1.00 (Minimum Passing Grade)

F = 0.00 (Failure)

To review UB’s Grading policies refer to the Undergraduate Catalog: Grading Section – Explanation of Grades.

Computing a Grade Point Average (gpa)

To compute a grade point average, determine the total number of “Letter Graded credit hours”.  Then determine the Grade Points earned for each course (number of credit hours multiplied by the Grade Point value for that Letter grade).  Next, add up the grade points earned for each course.  Finally, divide the total number of grade points earned by the total number of “letter grade credit hours”.

Fall Semester Grades Posted to HUB

Final Grades for Fall Semester 2018 courses should be posted to student’s HUB Student Center during the first week of January 2019.

 

 

 

Monday
12/03/18

Finding your Final Grades and Grade Point Averages

Posted December 3, 2018 in Grading, New Students

Picuture of where to find final grades and grade point averages in HUB

Final Grades

All final grades for Fall Semester 2018 should be posted to HUB during the first week of January 2019. Source:  Registrar – Grading

Where to find your Grades in HUB

You will find your grades by term/semester via the HUB My Grades link.  When reviewing your grades you may also want to view the Undergraduate Catalog  – Explanation of Grades section.

 

Computing a Grade Point Average

Graphic showing how  a Grade Point Average is computed.  Steps are explained in body test

  1. Determine the number of Grade Points Earned for each course. Formula:  (number of credit hours for the course) x (Grade Point Value for the Letter Grade)
  2. Find the total number of Letter Graded Credit Hours
  3. Divide the Total Grade Points Earned by the Total Number of Credit hours.  Ex: 56.35 / 26.0 = 2.17gpa

 

Wednesday
11/07/18

Do you know which tools and resources you will use to build your Spring 2019 Class Schedule?

Posted November 7, 2018 in Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips, Important Dates

Graphic listing the tools in HUB that are used to build a class schedule

Tools and Resources used to Build a Class Schedule

Academic Advisor

An academic advisor can show you how to use various tools and also help you create a plan to complete prerequisites for a given major, and complete UB Curriculum requirements.

Undergraduate Catalog and HUB Academic Requirements report

You will use both of these resources to select courses to satisfy Acceptance Criteria and Major Requirements along with courses to satisfy the UB Curriculum areas.  Generally speaking you find the HUB Academic Requirements report much easier to understand if you first start with corresponding information as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

HUB Tools

  • Use the Academic Requirements report to find which courses need to be taken for Acceptance Criteria for specified major.
  • What-if report.  If you are listed as an undecided student, or you are considering a different major you can run a What-if Report for that major. The What-If Report can depict an Acceptance Criteria section in which Prerequisite Course information can be found, and specific information regarding Acceptance Criteria grade point averages for Acceptance Criteria courses, and overall courses.
  • Use the Schedule Builder to create a list of courses for the upcoming semester and then Generate Schedule scenarios.  As you go through the schedule scenarios you will, hopefully, find one that you will choose to send to your HUB Enrollment Shopping Cart.
  • You should choose your UB Curriculum Pathway courses by the end of your first semester at UB.  Once selected you then send your choices to HUB, and in HUB you can go to the Plan tool to assign your courses to specific semesters.
  • The timeframe in which you are planning for next semester also corresponds to the Mid-Semester Grading Period. You can checking your Mid-term grades via the Grades section.  If you have any mid-semester grades of MU (mid-semester unsatisfactory) or letter grades lower than a “C”, you should speak with your instructor.
  • Based upon Mid-semester grades and or test scores received to date,  student in some instances the student may decide to resign from the class.  However before actually resigning from a class, a student will want to determine ramifications for such action in terms of financial aid, scholarships, or for international students their visa requirements.  The last day to resign from a Fall 2018 class is Friday, November 9, 2018.
  • Students should on a weekly look at the HUB Holds box. A Hold until resolved may prevent you from adding, dropping/resigning classes.
  • The day before your scheduled Enrollment Date, students should review their Enrollment Shopping Cart specifically looking at the Status column to ensure that the courses are still open. If closed the student will need to either select a new section of the course, or a course to satisfy a different area altogether.
  • Registration for all Enrollment Dates currently start at 7:00 a.m.  At this time a student would go to their Shopping Cart, and select depending on display either Enroll or Proceed to Step 2 of 3. The next page will give the student a chance to review before clicking the Finish Enrolling button.  On the Shopping Cart Results page students will look at the Status column to determine if the course has been added to schedule, or if they need to continue the registration process by selecting other courses.

 

 

 

Thursday
06/21/18

Have you Achieved the Grades you Need?

Posted June 21, 2018 in Academic Probation / Dismissal, Exploring Majors & Careers, Grading

Graphic showing final grades on a block graphHave you reviewed your final grades?  Have you also looked at the grades in Acceptance Criteria courses for your major?  Are you at or above baseline threshold?

If no, you should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor as soon as possible.

You can find your assigned Academic Advising Office located in the Advisor Box on your HUB Student Center. You can also look up your advising office by the using the Undergraduate Advising Directory.

 

Monday
05/14/18

Final Grades

Posted May 14, 2018 in Academic Probation / Dismissal, Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips

UB Grading diagram: Letter Grades and their Grade Point ValueFinal grades for Spring Semester 2018 should all be posted by the end of the third week in May.   A student’s grades can be found on the View My Grades page in their HUB Student Center.

To be considered in Minimal Good Standing at the University at Buffalo (UB), a student must have a semester grade point average and an overall UB grade point average of 2.00.

To determine a student’s Acceptance Criteria gpa and course completion, a student would refer to their Academic Requirements report in their HUB Student Center.

If a student’s Academic Requirements report is not configured to the major desired, a student will need to run a What- if Report.

In early June the University will begin the Academic Standards Review Process.  Students whose overall grade point average is below a 2.0 will either be placed on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Academic Dismissal.  If a student falls into any of these categories, they should immediately contact an academic advisor.  A student can find their Advising Office location and phone number in the Advisor Box in their HUB Student Center, or refer to the Undergraduate Advising Directory.  If the student receives financial aid, or scholarships the student should immediately contact a financial aid advisor to determine how this might affect their continued eligibility to receive financial aid.

 

 

Friday
04/27/18

Are you on track?

Posted April 27, 2018 in Exploring Majors & Careers, Grading

Picture show the component areas to earn a degree

 

Many of our currents students will have already registered for Fall Semester classes.  However that does not mean that there will not be points in the upcoming months in which a student might have to revisit and access their academic plan.  Here are some scenarios in which a student initiate future discussions with an academic advisor:

  • Final Grades for this semester should be posted by the end of May or early June.  If a student’s Acceptance Criteria gpa (grades earned in Prerequisite courses) is below that major’s Acceptance Criteria baseline, it may be time to consider a different academic path.
  • Repeat prerequisite courses over the summer. In some cases a student’s Acceptance Criteria gpa is below the required level, but close enough that repeating a prerequisite course might make sense.
  • Student decides to switch to a new major and wants to know how to be accepted into that program, and also get a sense of how long it will take to complete.
  • A student might also have completed a course whose initial purpose was to satisfy a UB Curriculum requirement, but now find that they want to take another course in that area.  Should they consider a minor in that subject.  A Minor typically requires at least 18 credit hours (six courses).

Do you know where to go speak with an academic advisor?  In you HUB Student Center, you will see an Advisor box on the right hand side of the page.  In that box you will see the Advising Office that you are currently assigned to, and their address and phone number.  You can also find contact information for Advising Offices using the Undergraduate Advising Directory.

Thursday
01/04/18

Do you know where to find your Final Grades and Grade Point Averages for your major?

Posted January 4, 2018 in Did You Know?, Grading, HUB Tips

Graphic on which resources to use to find your grades and grade point averages for your majorYou can find your semester final grades via your HUB Student Center – My Grades page.

Look at your Unofficial Transcript, via your HUB Student Center, to see all of your UB semesters.  If you earn Dean’s List, you will see it noted for the semester in which you met Dean’s List criteria.

If you have a Grade Point Average below a 2.00, then you will have a Grade Point Deficit.  Refer to your Unofficial Transcript, and look at the Points column. You will see GPD (Grade Point Deficit) and a number below.  This tells you how many Grade Points you are below a 2.00 Grade Point Average.

Monday
12/18/17

How a Grade Point Average (gpa) is Computed

Posted December 18, 2017 in Grading

Graphic showing how a Grade Point Average (gpa) is computed

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned to the number of graded credits. The GPA at UB is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at UB to the number of graded credits at UB. Only letter grades of “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” and “F” are utilized in determining GPA. GPA is also referred to as QPA (quality point average).

Overall GPA

The overall GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at all institutions (UB and transfer) to the number of graded credits at all institutions. The student’s HUB Academic Advisement Report includes the overall average. Reports can be accessed on the HUB Student Center via MyUB.

Grade Points Earned

The number of grade points earned is the sum of the products of the credit hours associated with courses taken and the numerical equivalents of the grades earned for those courses.

Graded Credits

Graded credits are the total number of credits for which the student has earned a letter grade.

Source: Undergraduate Catalog: Grading: Definitions of Grading Terms

Monday
12/18/17

UB Grading: Letter Grades and their Grade Point Values

Posted December 18, 2017 in Grading

UB Grading diagram: Letter Grades and their Grade Point ValueTo review UB’s Grading policies refer to the Undergraduate Catalog: Grading Section – Explanation of Grades.

 

Tuesday
09/12/17

Week 3 – Fall Semester 2017 (9/10/17 – 9/16/17)

Posted September 12, 2017 in Did You Know?, Grading, New Students

Sunday, September 10 – Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 3 - Fall Semester 2017 - Importnat Registration Dates

Have you checked your Final Exam Schedule?

No?  Then follow these steps to find your Exam Schedule:

  1. Go to Academic Section of  your HUB Student Center
  2. Click on the Other academic drop down arrow.
  3. From the Other academic list, select Exam Schedule
  4. Double click the Double Arrow icon next to the Other academic box.

A final exam conflict exists when a student has:

  • Three or more exams scheduled on the same day
  • Two exams occurring at the same time
  • When a student’s exam occurs contemporaneously with his or her commencement ceremony for spring or summer conferral

Students who find themselves with an unavoidable exam conflict should contact the instructors of the courses and explain the conflict in exams. Usually one instructor will be able to schedule an alternate time for the student to take their exam. If students are unable to arrange the re-scheduling of examinations with the faculty, undergraduate students should contact the appropriate dean’s office and graduate students should contact their academic department.

Source:  Registrar – Final Exam Schedule

How to find your Exam Schedule in your HUB Student Center.