Grades reflect a professor’s evaluation of the quality and comprehension of a student’s work in a course. Grades give feedback to the student and to the organizations to which the student and professor are accountable.
Faculty members have the freedom to design assignments in a variety of ways in order to better “capture” an understanding of a student’s growing competence. Faculty members also have the freedom to assign numerical scales in line with the type of assignment (such as an exam) and desired outcomes of the course.
Course of Study grades are reported to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, to the student’s conference local pastor registrar, and to the student. They are used by conferences, in combination with other factors, to determine “appointability” of a local pastor. To our knowledge, no annual conference gives credit for a grade less than a “C” (meaning they do not accept a “C-“) toward the completion of the Course of Study. If a COS student decides to attend Candler School of Theology, up to nine credits worth of courses in which a student has made a B or higher, are transferable as elective credit (although assigned an “S” rather than transferring the grade).
Assignments to be graded are designed to lead students toward the comprehension and accomplishment of specific outcomes. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry establishes these outcomes for each course in the Course of Study.