Quality Points and Grade-Point Average
To remain a student in good standing, the student must maintain a certain standard of excellence. This standard is fixed by the quality-point system. The grade received on a course determines the number of quality points earned per semester hour. Total quality points for a course are calculated by multiplying hours earned by the point value for the grade earned.
The semester grade-point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing quality points earned that semester by hours taken on a letter-grade basis during that semester (including repeated courses).
The cumulative grade-point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing total quality points by net hours. Net hours are all hours of credit taken at Winthrop on a letter-grade basis with repeated courses counting only once. The most recent grade earned on a repeated course determines the number of quality points earned on that course.
Credits earned by examinations, credits transferred from other institutions, and credits for courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis are not used in computing a student's cumulative grade-point average. The cumulative grade-point average is used in determining a graduate student's academic status.