Student Handbook – Making the Grade
Adding/dropping courses and changing grading plans
All changes must be processed during the first week of the semester. Add/drops can be done online; grade plan changes must be done in registrar’s office.
Withdrawal (with a grade of W) is possible after the first to the ninth week of the semester (after the second to the ninth day in the May term). All drops must be done on forms obtained in the registrar’s office and signed by both the academic adviser and course instructor. After the ninth week, all registrations are final and will be graded.
Changes in depth credits are permitted through the 12th week of a semester (through the 12th day of the May term).
Each course will have regularly scheduled weekly class time – normally 50 minutes per credit hour. Students are also expected to prepare assignments and study for approximately two hours before each class session of 50 minutes. A full-time student will have about 40 hours each week for academic responsibilities (12-18 hours in class and 24-30 hours outside class). Teachers will define requirements (including attendance expectations) at the beginning of each course, normally with a printed syllabus.
Evaluation and grading system
Goshen College offers the following letter system of grading; with a grade average calculated for all courses:
A=4, A- = 3.7; B+ =3.3, B = 3, B- = 2.7; C+ =2.3, C = 2, C- = 1.7; D+ =1.3, D = 1; F
An option system of grading is available for student or instructor choice. The grades are CR (credit) and NC (no credit). The CR is defined as “C” level or better, which means that “C-” level and below are NC (no credit). You are limited to 12 hours in the entire college program (prorated for transfer students) or by the instructor/department for certain courses. CR/NC option may not be selected for courses in the General Education curriculum, including International Education, nor for courses in a student’s major or minor, unless designated by the academic department. The student chooses at registration whether courses will be selected for the CR/NC option system.
Course repetition policy
Any course may be repeated once for a higher grade. The first entry will be marked on the transcript; the second attempt for the course will count in the GPA.