Grades in English 100
- The course is graded S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory).
- It does not affect your grade point average.
- To get that S (Satisfactory), you must have:
- At least a C+ average on your written work. (76% or better)
- At least a C average for the course as a whole (73% or better)
Working this out
- Students who are doing well do not need to obsess about a few extra points. If your average is a solid B, a couple of points won't mean anything anyhow; concentrate on your writing and on learning the skills.
- In spite of high school myths, attendance does count around here. (Even if it didn't count for a grade, missing class means you miss content.)
- The easiest way for a marginal student to drop below a passing grade is to skip class, sleep in class, spend time playing with your cell phone, and find excuses to duck out of the room.
- Another powerful way to drop your grade below passing is to simply miss deadlines. If you cannot figure out what to write, don't just sit there. Talk to the teacher. Go to the Undergraduate University Writing Center.
The end of the semester
When the semester ends, your instructor will consult with the Composition Director (and possibly other instructors) to attempt to answer the question:
How will this student do in English 101?
What are this student's hopes for getting a passing grade there?
After all, English 100 is a low-stakes course. It does not affect your GPA, but English 101 does. We do not want to push you forward before you are ready.