As mentioned in the Faculty Responsibilities section of this handbook, all ACE faculty members are required to grade assignments within 96 hours (4 days) of the due date. ACE students typically have assignments due each week; thus, getting meaningful feedback prior to completing their next assignment is critical for their growth. The information below is provided to help you understand ACE’s grading scale and help you with assigning grades in your courses.
The College uses the following individual letter and numeric grading system.
- 90 - 100%: A (4 points)
- 80 - 89%: B (3 points)
- 70 - 79%: C (2 points)
- 60 - 69%: D (1 point)
- 0 - 59%: F (0 points)
In addition to the standards grades, students may receive the following grades on their transcript
- I: Incomplete
- NP: No Pass
- P: Pass
- TR: Transfer Credit
- W: Withdrawn
Rubrics for each assignment are provided both inside the assignment documents and in the gradebook. You complete the rubric for each assignment, as consistency in grading is essential. Additional training and support are available on Faculty Commons regarding rubric use. Please know there are dedicated rubrics for discussion boards and different types of assignments. Additionally, rubrics vary for each degree level; thus, you will see different rubrics during your time at ACE.
Each course has been set up with an appropriate number of points to fairly award a final grade and assess the students mastery of the course objectives and program outcomes. Because of this, ACE does not allow for extra credit assignments to be added.
Quizzes and Final Examinations
If you are teaching a course that contains quizzes or final examinations, please know that the quiz or exam will open for students on the Monday of the week in which it is due. Students will have until the end of that week (the published due date for the quiz or exam) to take the quiz or final examination. Once the student begins the exam, s/he will have a dedicated time in which to complete it. Failure to do so may result in Canvas locking the student out of the exam before finishing.
Most questions on quizzes and exams will be automatically graded; however, if a quiz or final exam has open-ended questions, the faculty member will need to grade those responses.
ACE has a clearly listed policy in the ACE Catalog. Students are responsible for contacting their instructor regarding all late work and to establish the deadline for late submission. Please know that this policy is to be used for late submissions during the term; no work can be accepted after the last day of class except in the case of extenuating circumstances or when an incomplete grade has been granted.
The information below outlines ACE’s Late Assignment/Submission Policy. Please use this as you grade.
Students may submit an assignment after the due date, but will receive an additional 10% deduction each day the assignment is late. No work will be accepted after the Wednesday immediately following the assignment due date with the exception of extenuating circumstances.
Students may submit discussion board posts until the discussion closes on Saturday. Posts submitted after the Saturday deadline will not be awarded credit. Posts submitted late during the discussion time frame will be accepted with a late penalty.
Quizzes and Exams must be completed by the specified deadlines. Late submissions of quizzes and exams are not accepted except in the case of extenuating circumstances.
If you do approve a quiz or final exam extension, due to extenuating circumstances, you can extend or re-open the exam for a student. If you need assistance in reopening an exam, please contact your department chair or program director for guidance.
Unfortunately, some students may experience emergencies or medical issues while enrolled in courses. In situations where extenuating circumstances, (i.e. death in the family, medical emergency/illness requiring medical attention for the student or family member, or related urgent issues beyond the student’s control, etc.) a faculty member can make an exception to the late policy. In these cases, students should provide documentation of the extenuating circumstances. The faculty member should use their discretion to decide to accept the work with or without a point deduction. It is important to note that technological issues (unless due to a natural disaster) are not considered valid grounds for late assignment submission.