Grading System

The table below explains Colorado Heights University’s grading system.

Letter Grade Percent Per Credit Grade Points
A 94-100 4.0
A- 90-93 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 84-86 3.0
B- 80-83 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 74-76 2.0
C- 70-73 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 64-66 1.0
D- 60-63 0.7
F 00-59 0.0
I --- ---
W --- ---

Student grades will be assigned according to the following criteria:

Incomplete Courses

Due to illness or unusual circumstances outside a student’s control, a student may not finish a course. Students must ask their instructor(s) to petition the Dean of Academic Affairs for approval to continue to make up coursework throughout the next term. If approved, the course will remain in progress and the designation of “IP” will be on the student’s transcript until a final grade has been received from the instructor. The form for instructors to request the extension is available from the Academics Office. All coursework must be completed by the end of the following term or a grade of “F” will be assigned to the course.

You can check your score in the SOMS

In-progress Grades

Due to illness or unusual circumstances outside a student’s control, a student may not finish a course. Students must work with their instructor(s) to petition the Dean of Academic Affairs for approval to continue to make up coursework throughout the next term. If approved, the course will remain in progress and the designation of “IP” will be on the student’s transcript until a final grade has been received from the instructor. The form for instructors to request the extension is available from the Academics Office. All coursework must be completed by the end of the following term or a grade of “F” will be assigned to the course. Students should not re-register for a course that has been approved to remain in-progress.

Grades for Withdrawal

A final course grade of Withdrew (“W”) is not included in CGPA computations but does affect completion rate.

Grade Changes

Degree students only:A final course grade can be appealed up to one full semester following the issuance of the original final course grade. The form for instructors to use is available from Dean of Academic Affairs and Library or the Registrar. Once made, a final course grade change is binding. If the instructor assigning the original final course grade is unavailable, the Dean of Academic Affairs and Library, in consultation with the appropriate department lead, may change a final course grade.

ESL students:ESL students may appeal a grade for one calendar week after the term ends. The form for instructors to use is available from Dean of Academic Affairs and Library or the Executive Director of International English or the Registrar. Once made, a final course grade change is binding. If the instructor assigning the original final course grade is unavailable, the Executive Director of International English, in consultation the registrar and Dean of Academic Affairs and Library, may change a final course grade.

Definition of the Unit of Credit

One semester credit hour equals, at a minimum, 15 classroom hours of lecture, 30 hours of laboratory, or 45 hours of practicum. The formula for calculating the number of semester credit hours for each course is: (hours of lecture/15) + (hours of lab/30) + (hours of practicum/45). A “clock (contact) hour” of lecture includes a minimum instructional time of 50 minutes of supervised or directed instruction and appropriate break(s).

Graduation Requirements

Required Credit Hours and CGPA

To successfully complete an academic program at CHU, students must earn the defined number of semester credit hours by program, and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA). The table below explains the minimum graduation requirements.

Program Semester Credits Needed to Graduate Minimum CGPA
IETP 45 2.0
TIETP 15 2.0
BA 120/125* 2.0
MBA 39 3.0

*Students enrolled in undergraduate programs as of Fall 2015 and after.

For students not in the MBA program, credit hours are considered earned credit hours when students earn a minimum grade of D- in a class. For students in the MBA program, credit hours are considered earned credit hours when students earn a minimum grade of C in a class. When a student does NOT earn at least the minimum grade, the credit(s) are considered attempted credit hours, but NOT earned credit hours. For example, a student who enrolls in a 3 credit class and earns an “F” grade at the end of the term, attempted 3 credit hours but earned 0 credit hours. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor each semester and use the degree audit system within the student information system to ensure that all graduation requirements are met. Students must be current on all financial obligations in order to receive their final transcript and diploma.

Maximum Timeframe and Attempted Credit Hours

To graduate from CHU, students must earn the defined number of semester credit hours for their program without attempting over 150% of the published number of semester credit hours for their program. If it is determined that a student cannot achieve the published number of earned credit hours to graduate before reaching the 150% maximum, the student is dismissed from the program.

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students who maintain a high level of scholastic excellence throughout their college career receive the earned degree with honors. Honors are determined by the student’s cumulative grade point average and are as follows:

Graduation Honor Cumulative GPA Required
um Laude .50 – 3.60
agna Cum Laude .61 – 3.79
umma Cum Laude .80 – 4.00