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The College implemented the Success Equals Effort (SE2) Grading policy in Spring 2002 for 100 and 200 level classes. The SEE policy provides strong incentives through a new grading policy to improve freshman and sophomore student learning and increase retention by promoting student responsibility, effort, and performance.  Under this program, freshman students are graded based upon their effort (60%) and knowledge (40%). At the sophomore level, the grading weight for knowledge is 60% and 40% for effort.  The effort component consists of attendance, homework assignments, reading assign­ments, participation in-group study sessions, tutorial sessions, and other assignments as directed. The knowledge component of the grade derives from test scores, written assignments, homework, quizzes, and other evaluation methods. This program addresses the need to place responsibility on the student for his/her learning efforts.  It also postulates a correlation between effort and knowledge; the more effort a student expends, the greater his/her knowledge acquisition is expected to be.

  1. Every student enrolled in 100- and 200-level classes receives two letter grades, one for knowl­edge and another for effort.
  2. Faculty members determine the criteria and rigor of each grading component. Effort criteria should include attendance, class participation, assignments, papers, etc.
  3. Grade books contain sufficient information that allows academic administrators to determine how a student's academic performance was graded.

The intersection of knowledge and effort grades shows the final grade that will be earned for that com­bination of knowledge and effort grades.  The chart below shows the two components of the SE2 Grading Policy.

FRESHMAN (100 LEVEL)

Knowledge Grade

Effort Grade

A

B

C

D

F

A

A

A

B

C

C

B

B

B

B

C

D

C

B

C

C

C

D

D

C

C

D

D

F

F

C

D

D

F

F

SOPHOMORE (200 LEVEL)

Knowledge Grade

Effort Grade

A

B

C

D

F

A

A

B

B

C

D

B

A

B

C

C

D

C

B

B

C

D

D

D

B

C

C

D

F

F
C
C
D
D

F

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