From: Coker, Jeffrey W
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:48 AM
To: Bush, Melissa; Sen, Pali
Cc: Workman, Mark; Jaffee, Marianne; Kuehner, Megan
Subject: FA Question from Dr. Sen
I am writing on behalf of Provost Workman in response to Dr. Pali Sen’s question from the October 6 Faculty Association meeting. Please include this response in your Q&A section of the Faculty Association website.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Normal withdrawals are not counted as part of the pass rate for a particular course. However, a withdrawal that has an impact on a student’s GPA--“WF” or “FA” (punitive F)—is included in calculation of course pass rate. The reasoning is that an instructor who records a grade of WF for a student has indicated, at the time of late withdrawal that the student indeed was failing the course.
As such, this should be counted as part of overall course performance. As grading policy is established by the university, departments may not opt out. Also, please note that pass rates are calculated as “D
or above” rather than C or higher.