Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 16
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16 Academic Information
Students receive grades by accessing my.acu.edu. Grades are mailed to
all first-year freshmen students at their permanent address. Students
who have signed and submitted an Education Records Release form
If the final semester's grades alter the student's standing, the correct
honor will be noted on the diploma.
Undergraduate Course Load
The minimum undergraduate graduation requirement, 128 credit
hours, requires the equivalent of eight semesters with a 16-hour load.
Intercollege courses are included in the semester course load. Students
should consult with their academic advisors to help them determine
the appropriate course load.
Students on academic probation may register for no more than
14 hours in a regular term and no more than 3 hours in a summer
term. A student on academic probation who wishes to exceed the
registration limits stated below must fill out a petition and present
it to the dean of his or her college for approval.
The general guidelines for determining course load are based on GPA.
An undergraduate student must petition for extra hours if seeking to
exceed the maximum recommended course load. Nineteen hours is
the maximum load that a first-semester student is allowed to carry.
After the first semester, the maximum recommended course load,
for a regular term, based on GPA is as follows:
GPA Course Load
2.0 ...................... ...................... 15 hours
2.0- 2.499 ...................................... 16 hours
2.5- 3.499 ................................. 17-18 hours
3.50 or above ........................... 19-21 hours
No student may register for more than 21 hours in a fall or spring
term. (January intensive courses are included in the spring term
An undergraduate may take no more than 18 hours during
the Summer term. These hours should be distributed as follows:
* May session - no more than 4 hours
* Summer I and II sessions - 7 hours per session (no more than
14 hours total)
Students may petition to their dean to take a different combination
of hours in Summer I and II (example: 9 and 5). It is recommended
that a student have a GPA of at least 3.1 and a limited work load
outside of class to be approved for exceptions to the above guidelines.
Petition for Extra Hours
Students must complete the Petition for Extra Hours with their advisor
when the student requests a load that exceeds the maximums stated
above. The petition will then be sent with supporting information to
the dean of their major for consideration. The dean will forward the
Petition for Extra Hours to the Registrar's Office before the end of the
add/drop period in any term.
Grade Definitions and Points
The following grades are used at ACU. The grade point values shown
are per semester hour of credit.
GRADE DEFINITIONS AND POINTS
Grade Marks Grade Meaning Grade Points
A Excellent 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Inferior but passing 1.0
F Failing 0.0
I Incomplete 0.0
IP In-Progress Not counted
P Passing Not counted
CR Credit Not counted
NC No-Credit Not counted
W Withdrew Not counted
WF Withdrew while failing 0.0
have authorized ACU personnel to release academic information,
on request, to the person(s) designated on the form by the student.
Education Records Release forms are on file in the Registrar's Office.
Incomplete and In-Progress Grades
A grade of "I" (Incomplete) must be removed by the end of the
next long term or by the time approved in writing by the instructor;
otherwise, it becomes an "F" on the student's record. The student is
responsible for requesting and completing an "I." (A grade of "I" is
calculated as an "F".)
The grade "IP" (In-Progress) is normally reserved for graduate
students in graduate courses. It may be used with special permission
for unusual circumstances for an undergraduate student or an
undergraduate course. In the event an "IP" is assigned, the student
will have the next long term or until the time set in the student's
agreement with the instructor to complete the course work; at the
end of the next long term, the grade will become an "I." At the
end of the second long term, the "I" will become an "F."
Credit/No-Credit Grades (CRINC)
Undergraduate students who have sophomore standing and a
GPA of at least 2.0 may take a limited number of courses on a
Credit/No-Credit basis. The purpose of this option is to allow students
to take courses that will broaden their educational experiences, with
less emphasis on grades and grade points. The following rules apply:
* A student may request the Credit/No-Credit option in the
Registrar's Office within the first two weeks of the long semester
or within the first two days of a summer semester or on the first
day of an intensive course (advisor's signature required). The
teacher will assign a letter grade at the end of the semester,
but a grade of "D" or above will be recorded as "CR."
* The student receives earned credit hours for a "CR" grade,
but the hours are not counted in computing the GPA.
* A maximum of 12 hours may be taken Credit/No-Credit.
These must be courses that are electives in the student's
degree plan and are outside the major field of study.
* No course in which a student has received a letter grade may
be repeated on the Credit/No-Credit basis. Courses offered as
"CR/NC" in the course description are not included in the
maximum hours a student may elect under this option.
Pass/Fail Grades (P/F)
Students may take University Seminar and EXSC activity courses
Pass/Fail, except for EXSC 100. Any student who wishes to do so must
complete a petition in the Registrar's Office within the first two weeks
of a long term or within the first two days of a summer term. A
"Pass" grade is not figured into the GPA. A "Fail" grade counts as
an "F." Other courses may be designated Pass/Fail in the Course
Description section of this catalog. Students should be aware that
some graduate schools will not accept Pass/Fail grades and/or will
automatically count them as a grade of "C." Some schools will not
transfer Pass/Fail grades.
Repeating a Course
If an undergraduate student repeats a course at ACU, a record of all
occurrences of the course will appear on the transcript but only the
most recent grade will be counted in his or her GPA. No course in
which the student has received a letter grade may be repeated
on the Pass/Fail basis.
Grade Point Average
A student's grade point average (GPA) is based on courses taken at
ACU. It is determined by dividing the total number of grade points
by the total number of hours attempted (not including hours where
grade points are not counted). "Current GPA" is a student's GPA for
a single term; "cumulative GPA" is the overall GPA for all the terms
a student has been enrolled in ACU.
To qualify for Latin honors at graduation, a student must have
completed 64 hours at ACU in addition to having the required GPA.
Honors are based on the current GPA at the time of commencement.
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