**So, what does my grade mean? **

The following explanation of grades and discussion of the use of plus and minus

comes from the website of Dr. Nancy Stanlick, Professor of Philosophy, UCF.

This course will employ a plus/minus grading scale using the following explanations.

**Grading Scale Explained**

A
= |
95-100% |
C
= Average, meets minimum expectations and satisfies course requirements. |
74-76.x% |

A-
= Excellent, exceeds average understanding as evidenced in course work and
goes well beyond the basics. |
90-94.x% |
C-
= Slightly below average, meets bare minimum expectations and satisfies
course requirements. |
70-73.x% |

B+
= Far above average, meets or exceeds average understanding as evidenced in
course work and fully understands the basics and goes somewhat beyond that
level. |
87-89.x% |
D+
= Below average, meets most minimum expectations and satisfies all or most
course requirements. |
67-69.x% |

B
= Far above average, fully meets average understanding as evidenced in course
work and fully understands the basics and can deal with concepts somewhat
beyond that level. |
84-86.x% |
D
= Below average, meets many minimum expectations and satisfies all or most
course requirements. |
64-66.x% |

B-
= Just above average, fully meets expectations for basic understanding as
evidenced in coursework and fully understands the basics and can deal with concepts
at that level. |
80-83.x% |
D-
= Far below average, but meets most minimum expectations and satisfies most
course requirements with minimal understanding evidenced in course work. |
60-63.x% |

C+
= Slightly above average, fully meets expectations for basic understanding as
evidenced in coursework and understands the basics. |
77-79.x% |
F
= Fails to meet minimum expectations in understanding and course work as
evidenced by performance and submission of graded elements. |
0-59.x% |

**Plus/Minus Grading Scale:**If you prefer not to take a course using the**+/-****grading**scale, then don’t take this one. Arguments abound about how it is unfair to use this scale. One of the arguments generally runs like this: If I get a B- in a course, and I am competing with other people for the same job or a spot in graduate school, then other people who DIDN’T have grades based on +/- might have a “B” (say, an 82) but their average was the same as mine (B-, also an 82). In that case, I am disadvantaged by the +/- system.**Counter-argument:**If you are competing with people who did not take a course with +/- grading, and their average was an 88 (B), but yours was an 88 (B+), then YOU have the advantage. It works both ways.